October 2015 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Julie Blum   

 Back at the end of August several of us from Maple Leaf Lutheran Church attended a workshop at Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church titled “Kids and Race: Beyond Colorblindness.”  The event was co-sponsored by Columbia City Church of Hope, Queen Anne United Methodist Church/The Well, and The Krista Foundation for Global Citizenship.  The workshop asked, “As parents, how do we recognize the ways we are shaped by race and privilege in order to raise children who see beyond superficial notions of colorblindness?” ..... (please read more) 

 We were invited to explore how we can prepare to seize the teachable moments that arise when we least expect them.  The interactive event was led by scholar and activist Stacy Kitahata and children’s therapist Donna Linn. 

            The workshop suggested not being “colorblind,” but instead talking openly about race and the diverse world God created.  For me, one of the best parts of the event was a list of resources that they gave that included books, videos and articles to learn more about race.  Since the workshop I’ve checked out some of those books from our local library and read them with my daughter, Zoe.  I want to share some of these books with you so you can read them to your children or grandchildren or suggest them to other folks.  It’s been a positive experience in our household and I hope it will be in yours as well. 

·         Sister Anne’s Hands by Marybeth Lorbiecki. The setting is the 1960’s before the Civil Rights’ Act.

·         The Story of Ruby Bridges by Robert Coles.  As the first black girl in an all-white elementary school, six-year-old Ruby finds herself in the center of a storm of hatred and prejudice.

·         When Clay Sings by Byrd Baylor.  Pieces of broken pots are scattered over the desert hillsides of the SW, children try to imagine those lives that took place in the desert they think of as their own.

·         Harvesting Hope by Kathleen Krull.  The Story of Cesar Chavez

While these books are good for older preschoolers and elementary aged kids, please let me know if you are interested in even more resourcesfor all ages.  I have several long pages, some with online links, which I’d be happy to forward to you.  One of the links suggests fun, causal ways to talk to your kids about race.  For example, crack eggs together for scrambled eggs, cake or meatloaf. Use brown and white eggs and discuss how even though they are different colors on the outside they are the same on the inside. Or for a sweeter example eat candy coated chocolates together- they are different colors but taste the same; bite some in half for a peek at the each colors insides.

May we remember that God is for EVERYONE.  And we, as disciples of that God, are called to work for that day: When no one is treated with partiality.  When no one is shot during a bible study. When no one has their church burned down.  And when no one is oppressed.

Let us boldly take up that call of God with urgency and conviction. 

In Christ, Pastor Julie Blum


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