Race Relations is a ministry by which the Christian Reformed Church provides leadership and assistance to the denomination, congregations, and members of the CRC in working to eliminate racism and its effects within the body of Christ and throughout the world. We also seek to celebrate our diversity as a denomination.
Race Relations uses four ministry tools in its work: All Nations Heritage Week celebration services, the Dance of Racial Reconciliation (DORR) and Widening the Circle (WTC) workshops, the Multiethnic Conference, and Race Relations scholarships for college and seminary students.
The Office of Race Relations awards annual scholarships to applicants attending Reformed institutions of higher education. This year, $9,000 was awarded to nine students from Calvin College, Calvin Theological Seminary, Dordt College, Kuyper College, Trinity Christian College, and Redeemer University College. Funding for the scholarships comes from offerings received during All Nations Heritage Sunday celebration services that are designated to support the work of Race Relations.
Most CRCNA staff working at the CRC’s Grand Rapids, Mich.; Burlington, Ontario; and BTGMI campuses have now taken the DORR and/or WTC anti-racism workshops. In April 2009, we took the DORR workshop to Nicaragua for the World Missions and CRWRC missionaries in that area. We will continue to offer the workshops for CRCNA employees as well as for any churches or institutions who request them.
Rev. Esteban Lugo, director877.864.3977 or 616.224.5883E-mail: email@example.com
Steve Kabetu, coordinator (Canada)800.730.3490 or 905.336.2920E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
- A youth version of the DORR curriculum is now available.
- We are currently planning to develop a curriculum for DORR Level 2 by the end of 2009.
- The Multiethnic Conference, held on the campus of Trinity Christian College in June 2009, was a success.