March 31st - May 5th | Thursday Nights | Norway Hall | 7pm and 9pm 

America is becoming increasingly diverse:

The U.S. Census Bureau predicts that the population will more than double by 2100, reaching 571 million. European Americans will represent a smaller percentage of the nation's population. "Census data from March 2002 show that there are 37.4 million Hispanics in the United States and this population is younger with one third of this growing ethnic group under the age of 18 years old." At this rate by 2050, Hispanics will account for 24 percent of people living in the United States. Meanwhile the Asian and Pacific Islander population is projected to grow from about 11.3 million to 37.6 million people. White Americans will make up 53 percent of the United States, compared pared to 72 percent now. The number of biracial and multiethnic Americans, not identified with one distinct racial or ethnic group, will continue to grow. A study conducted by veteran demographer Barry Edmonston, summarized in a report port titled "The New Americans: Economic, Demographic and Fiscal Effects of Immigration," projects that by 2050 "21 percent of the U.S. population will be of mixed racial or ethnic ancestry, up from an estimated seven percent today.” [1]

Even though the country is becoming more diverse the levels of financial inequality along racial lines are widening:

- Joblessness Remains Higher Among Blacks Than Whites.
- Black Unemployment is Not Converging With White Unemployment
- Black Unemployment Rates Are Higher Regardless of Education.
- The Race Gap in Higher Education Has Widened.
- The pay gap between white and black workers has widened over time. [2]

In addition, systemic racial discrimination in this country has had a profound effect on the experience of people of color in this country [3]. And the effects of this experience is being articulated and experienced on college campus nation wide [4]. And none of this even begins to takes into account the sustained inequality that can be traced along gender lines [5] 

How do people who follow Jesus address these issues? 
How do Christians deal with some texts in the scriptures that seem to give religious vocabulary to sustain theses inequalities? 

The scripture gives followers of Jesus a vision for what God desires to happen in the world… 

A vision where Jesus tears down the walls that we used to keep each other at a distance…. 
A vision where everyone is welcome and asked to contribute at the table… 
A vision that puts reconciliation as the center piece to how Jesus’s death and resurrection is to be worked out in the world.

Let’s discover that vision together.
Lets live that vision together. 

[1] Brenda Salter McNeil. A Credible Witness: Reflections on Power, Evangelism and Race (Kindle Locations 137-143). Kindle Edition. 
[2] all statistics taken from: - accessed 3/16/2016
[4] -  accessed 3/16/2016
[5] - accessed 3/16/2016