27 March, 2008

AmeriCorps Interns are Smart!

My friend Josh interning at Harambee (via TechMission Corps) has some good thoughts on growing up in a racially polarized society.

(another TechMission Corps friend) is also blogging about her difficult experiences working with urban youth at Breakthrough Urban Ministries.

Evan (ok, they all are part of TechMission Corps but he has a position at TechMission itself) runs a great blog about all sorts of city-justice-tech.

Jon (who is interning for Pui Tak Center) writes about the Asian-American experience in the city.


e. donovan said...

Thanks for the link, Chris. I'll have to return the favor sometime :)

livethelifetoday said...

Wow, you linked to me and the other guys! I also must say thanks. So, yeah, I'm definitely emerging and might as well say Emergent, since I have a feeling that if I were to sit down with some of these big-named Reformed guys and explain my thoughts on things, they would be rather shocked that I am so ecumenical to non-Reformed theological viewpoints. Interestingly enough, I think the guy who wrote "An Emerging Theology" goes to the Anglican church out here that I've been going to early on Sunday mornings.

Anyway, yes, I agree with you that the problem is endemic to America as a whole; and I think that our generation and even more so the younger ones are far more open to this idea and keen to these realities than older generations. The difference, though, is that I think that this issue is on a whole different level in the South, to an extent that it's just incomparable, in many ways. As for my experiences, I would have to say that part of it might have been being white, but I think that most of it was probably being white in a Southern environment. Most of the racist tendencies that I encountered in my own mind and heart were rubbed off onto me by various relatives and friends growing up.

Here's the biggest issue, though, I think that the Church at least needs to face the most. I anticipate that I will probably blog about it in the near future. It is the issue of the definition of "justice." Honestly, I think that people think of justice as something other than it really is, and definitely see justice as something less than what it its true Biblical usage is. This is especially true of those of us who are Reformed.