The Heart of Racial (re)Conciliation
Jesus and Justice
You see the problem of race and injustice...
But what does faith in action look like in the midst of it?
* Led by a Howard Univ. Doctoral Student*
9 Week Life-Changing Course
Starts September1, 2020
I spent 30+ years as a Brazilian, Afrocentric, WOC Activist, and
Ten years in Soweto, South Africa where I was viewed WHITE
Systematic Biblical framework: the call to justice and Equality
TRUE Biblical "reconciliation;" it's not what you think!
Healing racial trauma
Healing Intergenerational trauma
The impact of a racialized society on our mental health
Healing the racialized distortions to your identity
History - when, why was the construct of race created
Long term, private community of change-makers
Navigating and influencing in a race-based world
Where does "loving your enemy" fit in?
What does forgiveness look like in the context of justice?
A safe space; trauma-informed and strengths-based
One minute must view video about
the heart and soul of the course
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 should engage with the inequity that surrounds us.
After 30+ years in the U.S. as an afrocentric woman of color activist and ten years in Soweto, South Africa perceived to be a WHITE WOMAN(!),
I've condensed my life's work on racial (re)conciliation and justice into an nine-week small group course (and a lifetime-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, the science of intergenerational trauma, and how to resolve it
A survey of the history of race - How, when, why was the construct of race strategically created and how does it show up in society today
There is a Gospel-centered model
that brings real change and real hope.
Imagine having a clear Biblical framework of JUSTICE spanning from Genesis to Revelation to draw on.
Imagine having a clear knowledge of an history of race, why it was created, and how it impacts society today.
Imagine having the hard conversations around racial justice without the dread, shame, anxiety, because the poison of triggers are removed
Imagine understanding the intersection of seeking justice with forgiveness and "loving your enemy"
The Narrative of Racial "Reconciliation" has proven impotent
This chasm of the racial divide has left
a bloodstained distortion of the Gospel
in our Christian communities.
Are You Tired of being
Confused About the Way Forward?
THERE IS A SAFE SPACE
There is healing for the ongoing racial trauma of PEOPLE OF COLOR 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 of justice and (re)conciliation.
It takes the gritty internal work of deconstructing and reconstructing, 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 course
Change starts with YOU AND ME deciding not to take a post on the sidelines!
Here's a glimpse into my crazy story and the course itself:
"A Gospel that reconciles people to God but not to each other CANNOT be the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
- Spencer Perkins
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.