Editor’s note: This is the first in a series of five columns written by Ron Byler, Mennonite Central Committee U.S. executive director, to mark 100 […]
Here are five things worth paying attention to this week. These are designed to expose you to a perspective you may not normally come across in your daily lives.
1. Discussions of racism, especially pertaining to blackness, are not limited to Christianity. Muslim communities are also having dialogue, as described in this Al Jazeera article, that addresses their past while imagining a more equitable future.
2. Stereotypes are so common that I have often perpetuated them without realizing I’m doing so. In the video below, the consequences of stereotyping are explored.
3. Helena, Montana, made news recently by electing the first black mayor in Montana’s history. See below:
4. This town’s justice system looks a little different, and that is a good thing.
5. For many in the Mennonite church, the debate over immigration is one of competing ideologies. Let’s not forget this is literally a life and death issue for those directly involved.
Ben Tapper has a bachelor’s degree in political science from Manchester University, a master’s degree in public affairs from Indiana University and is currently pursuing a Master of Divinity from Christian Theological Seminary. He serves as the faith formation coordinator for First Mennonite Church in Indianapolis, Indiana, and is actively involved in community engagement.
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