As our country faces both a global pandemic and racial unrest, the importance of the Black Church as a catalyst for social change has never been greater. A new guide from the Humanitarian Disaster Institute (HDI) at Wheaton College, created in partnership with Healthcare Ready and World Impact, provides a practical and Biblical resource to support the ministry of Black churches speaking and acting against racism while also protecting health.
The 16-page guide, titled The Black Church in Action Against Racism and COVID-19: A Practical and Biblical Guide to Prophetic Ministry While Protecting Health, is available to download free at: https://www.reopeningthechurch.com/churchinactionmanualdownload.
“Faith communities desire to reflect the God of justice in this moment of racial unrest through protesting, advocacy, and civic engagement. Our prayer is that this guide enables them to engage in this important Gospel work safely,” said Theon Hill, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Communication at Wheaton College and lead author on the new guide.
To encourage Black churches taking action against racism, the guide offers practical ways for leaders to respond to systemic vulnerabilities, become collective agents of change, develop productive partnerships, and not get weary in well-doing while also protecting health during COVID-19.