A Journey Into the Heart of
Racial Justice and Healing
Jesus and Justice
" A Gospel that (re)conciles people to God but not to each other CANNOT be the Gospel of Jesus Christ."
We are at a tipping point in history.
You know change needs to happen and you know you're meant to be part of it.
Yet you keep finding yourself in spaces and conversations that do not satisfy the hunger to see change happen.
I've been there.
Do you know the layers of trauma from living in a racialized society are carried in your physical body?
Those generations of trauma living in your body sabotage your efforts to be an effective change-maker!
In fact, that living trauma sabotages your ability to thrive, to build relationships, and live in the fullness of who you were made to be.
This is why Healing is Resistance!
At the center of mobilizing for real change must also be the sacred journey of healing.
As we are equipped, as we are mobilized, as we strategize... we must also heal.
There are very few spaces skilled and committed to doing all three.
You just found one.
While we have our eyes on the future, History has its eyes on us.
This is the era of just redemption..."
- Amanda Gormon
After doing the work of racial justice and healing for twenty years as a Brazilian woman of color activist in the U.S., and ten years in Soweto, South Africa perceived to be white,
Gigi created The Jesus and Justice Village to be a safe, majority BIPOC, beloved community for people like you to be healed, equipped, and mobilized in Gospel-centered justice.
10 Week Course and
Life-long Beloved Community
My work in faith-based racial justice and healing has taken me around the world, fueled by the question of, "What does it take to bring real change?"
At the center of bringing real change toward justice is community. Genuine community.
I've condensed my life's work on racial justice and healing into a ten-week small group course, which is the entry point into our lifetime private community. It integrates three primary lenses:
A thorough Biblical framework - Learning a decolonized, systematic theology of justice, which unveils the true Jesus of Nazareth and compels us from the inside out.
Healing Intergenerational Trauma - The impact of a racialized society on our mental health and the science of intergenerational trauma. The trauma we carry in our bodies sabotages our capacity to be effective change-makers. In this space we heal it.
The History of Race - Learning how, when, why the construct of race was strategically created so we can understand how to dismantle it today.
The Jesus and Justice Course is a life changing, soul awakening, mind shifting course. It forever changed my life.
Actress, Activist, Entrepreneur, Mom
The Old, Tired Narrative
I used to be a peddler of the “racial reconciliation” narrative.
Until I realized it rarely brought real change. It is merely a conversation between two offended parties trying to work out our differences. Both “sides” need to be heard.
If I’m lucky, in the end we agree that BIPOC have it rough, and then we make nice. If I’m really lucky I might even get an apology on behalf of the white collective. Eek
Herein lies the problem. After the Christian side hug at the end, I would head home to my low income housing and they would drive away to their estate.
Is that the “reconciliation” we’re looking for? Is that what Jesus modeled? Is that what will bring real change?
Scripture would say a resounding, “NO.”
Two decades ago as a Brown, female, raised-in-E-Oakland, passionate college student spearheading a “racial reconciliation” movement on a large University campus, I knew there was something fundamentally deficient about the premise of this narrative.
It makes us feel we are “doing” something about the problem, while *actually* solidifying the gross inequities of our racial hierarchy.
My last three decades have been spent in two of the most racially polarized countries in the world – the US and South Africa - doing the work of racial justice and healing, and studying God's Word.
Here is what I have concluded:
“(Re)conciliation” does NOT apply to race because there has never been "conciliation" or harmony to return to, only domination, since “race” was created.
“(Re)conciliation” DOES apply to human relationships in general because we started in Genesis 1 – Harmony.
So if it’s not racial “(re)conciliation,” then what is it? That question is exactly what I have poured my life into answering.
The first and foremost tenet of being a part of real change is community. Sacred, beloved, safe, real community committed to be a part of real, measurable change.
With these 30 years of experience and lessons, The Jesus and Justice Village was birthed. We are a majority-BIPoC, trauma-informed community that is healing together, learning together, and mobilizing together.
Our life-changing course is the entry point into this Beloved Community.
You are not alone in your desire to see change!
You need a community to anchor you that loves Jesus, centers justice, and centers marginalized voices.
" As a Black woman, a
Black mother to a Black Boy... an actress and activist, I have carried so much generational
trauma, weight, and internalized racism.
Jesus and Justice forever changed my life! The intergenerational healing moved me forward and understanding God’s heart for Justice unlocked my purpose. "
From Course Alumni
" Jesus and Justice was one of the most organic/living courses I have ever taken. Transformation and freedom are happening!"
I took Jesus and Justice in a time when I was drowning in pain and questioning everything “Christian”. This group was truly a healing process for me. I am forever grateful. "
A Deeper Glimpse into the Course and Community
Registration Now Open:
Next Cohort Begins in March, 2022
Healing racial trauma
Systematic Biblical framework: The call to justice and Equity
Navigating and influencing in a race-based world
Decolonizing your faith
Healing the distortions to your identity
A safe space - Trauma-informed and strengths-based
The impact of a racialized society on your mental health
We center marginalized voices
History - when, why was the construct of race created
TRUE Biblical "reconciliation;" it's not what you think!
Healing Intergenerational trauma
Decolonizing your reading of scripture
Long term, private community of change-makers
There is a Gospel-centered model
that brings real change and real hope.
IMAGINE having the hard conversations around racial justice without the dread, shame, anxiety, because the poison of triggers are removed
IMAGINE having a clear Biblical framework for JUSTICE spanning from Genesis to Revelation to draw on.
IMAGINE having a clear knowledge of the history of race, why it was created, and how it impacts society today.
IMAGINE understanding the intersection of seeking justice with forgiveness and "loving your enemy"
JESUS OUR REVOLUTIONARY
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 is meant to engage the inequity that surrounds us.
Are You Tired of being
Confused About the Way Forward?
THERE IS A SAFE SPACE
There is healing for the ongoing racial trauma and the pervasive shame that comes with it.
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 for justice and (re)conciliation.
It takes the gritty internal work of deconstructing and reconstructing, reframing and decolonizing...
Of having the scales of privilege fall from your eyes, taking you from the injustice-laden faith we inherited to that of the historical Jesus we follow.
That space is here,
in this community,
in this live course
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:
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.
Doctoral student at Howard University School of Divinity
Gigi is currently a Doctoral student at Howard University School of Divinity where she is integrating the healing of intergenerational, collective racial trauma, theology, and resolving intergenerational racial bias in the white community.