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Race, Ethnicity and the Gospel

Since Redeemer’s inception we have existed to be a church not for ourselves but one that seeks to help build a great city for all people through a movement of the gospel that brings personal conversion, community formation, social justice, and cultural renewal. We, as Christians, have been given the ministry of reconciliation (2 Cor. 5:16-21) as we look to the resurrected Jesus in faith. The current cultural moment grants us an opportunity to take a fearless look at our blind spots, publicly repent where we see we have failed to live up to our calling, and in turn work toward healing, restitution and reconciliation.

A pastoral letter on the gospel, race and the church, from Abe Cho

“Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.” -Psalm 139:23-24

General Resources

Here are some resources to get you started. Proverbs 27:17 tells us that "iron sharpens iron, so one sharpens another." Therefore, we encourage you to read, process and pray through these sources with others to grow together in pursuit of truth and unity in Christ. More will follow.

Let's go deeper. Which of the following statements do you most closely identify with?


I’m not sure why we’re emphasizing this so much as a church.


"There is a strength, a power even, in understanding brokenness, because embracing our brokenness creates a need and desire for mercy, and perhaps a corresponding need to show mercy. When you experience mercy, you learn things that are hard to learn otherwise. You see things you can't otherwise see; you hear things you can't otherwise hear. You begin to recognize the humanity that resides in each of us." —Bryan Stevenson, Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption

I didn’t know racism was an issue but now I believe that it is.


Note: you will need to commit to learning.

"Faith is taking the first step, even when you don’t see the whole staircase." —MLK

I don’t know what to do so I’m learning and listening.


“He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it. He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it.” —MLK

I want to do something and go deeper. How do I actively become an agent of healing?


"If we are waiting to say all the right things or do the right things before we act, we probably won’t act. We’re gonna make a million mistakes in this, might as well get started." —Pastor Alex Jun

This is my life. I’m a person of color.


  • Meditate: Psalm 34, Isaiah 66
  • Listen: I Can’t Breathe, sermon by Pastor Charlie Dates
  • Book Recommendations: A Beautiful Community, by Dr. Irwin Ince
  • We’re here to listen if you’d like to talk. Email or call Redeemer East Side Pastoral Staff at (212) 808-4460

"I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too much a burden to bear." —MLK