Jesus & Justice:
The Heart of Racial (re)Conciliation
The mainstream Christian narrative of racial "reconciliation" has proven impotent...
But there is a Gospel-centered model that brings true hope and real change.
9 Week Course Begins September 1, 2020
To join the class, please first schedule a DISCOVERY CALL so we can learn more about each other.
"A Gospel that reconciles us to God but not to each other cannot be the Gospel of Jesus Christ."
You being here tells me that you want to be part of change.
You see the problem of race and injustice, but what does living our faith in action look like in the midst of it?
The Bible is fundamentally about relationships; our relationship with Him, first and foremost, and how it plays out in our relationships with each other. And yet this chasm of the racial divide has left a bloodstained distortion of the Gospel in our Christian communities. It has become perhaps the greatest discreditor of our witness for Christ.
The mainstream church's explanation for "reconciliation" is not working. Many of us are tired of feeling shamed, demoralized, dismissed, gaslit, or just plain confused about the way forward.
Imagine having a clear Biblical framework spanning from Genesis to Revelation to draw on. Imagine having a clear knowledge of the history of race and how it relates to today. Imagine having - and even initiating - the hard conversations and life choices around racial justice without the dread, shame, anxiety.
I’m creating a sacred safe space where your hope for change can become a reality. That change starts with you!
There is a Gospel-centered Biblical model for true (re)conciliation.
There is healing for the pervasive shame and ongoing racial trauma of people of color. There is an understanding of how this racial trauma is passed down through generations and how to break the cycle. And there is the Biblical model which validates that trauma and reveals the God who experienced it Himself, even to the point of being killed.
There is also an uprooting of white shame with a seat at the table of (re)conciliation and justice. It takes the gritty internal work of deconstructing and reconstructing, decolonizing, of having the scales of privilege fall from our eyes, taking us from the injustice-laden faith we inherited to that of the historical Jesus we follow.
When we recognize the context in which Jesus lived and how he engaged with it, we are given a powerful charge for how our faith should engage with the inequity that surrounds us.
After 30+ years in the U.S. as a woman of color activist and ten years in Soweto, South Africa perceived to be white, I've condensed my life's work on racial (re)conciliation and justice into an eight-week small group course (and a lifetime-access private community). It integrates three primary lenses:
A thorough Biblical framework for race, justice, equity, and true, Gospel-centered reconciliation
The Brain and Trauma: The impact of a racialized society on our mental health
A survey of the history of race - How, when, why was the construct of race strategically created
One of the most important threads through this nine week journey is the identity work. We have all internalized distortions of our identity as a result of living in a racialized society. We walk through a nine week process of unearthing those distortions and then beginning to heal and resolve them. This is part of what is so life changing about this process.
Change starts with YOU AND ME deciding not to take a post on the sidelines!
Here's a glimpse into my story and the course itself:
Meet Ya Girl
By integrating theology, sociology, and psychology, Gigi Khanyezi is a trailblazer who challenges, heals, and equips Christian communities to be on the front lines of seeking racial equity. She has devoted her life to the facilitating, living, empowering of racial justice, (re)conciliation, and equity.
After 30 years in the US as a woman of color activist, she relocated to Soweto, South Africa for ten years, where she was considered white! Those years greatly impacted her ideas about "reconciliation" and justice. Also during these years she fostered and adopted two precious little souls whom she named Jericho and Judah. They are the light of her life!
Though her most important equipping and training came from the streets of E. Oakland and Soweto, she is also indebted to the formal institutions which bestowed her tertiary degrees:
BA in Sociology and African & African American Studies; UC Davis
M.Div. with an emphasis in Intercultural Ministry; Denver Seminary.
Gigi is currently a Doctoral student at Howard University School of Divinity where she has a very interdisciplinary focus that integrates healing intergenerational racial trauma in the Black and Indigenous communities, theology, and resolving intergenerational implicit bias in the white community.