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Racial Justice & Reconciliation


Ministry of Racial Justice and Reconciliation (MRJR) Guiding Statement 

At Bethany Community Church, we believe all humans are image bearers of God (Gen 1:27) and diversity is God’s very-good design (Rev 7:9). Therefore, we strive to stop racism and see God’s image in all people, including all variety of bodies, skin color, ethnicity, national origin, language, faith, and citizenship status. Jesus Christ is ultimately the One who breaks down dividing walls to dismantle racism. At the same time, Jesus calls and equips his followers to be his co-agents of reconciliation and justice. (Ephesians 2:14, 2 Corinthians 5:18-19).

Toward this end, Bethany Community Church has made racial justice and reconciliation a strategic priority and established the Ministry of Racial Justice and Reconciliation (MRJR) in order to build a long-term community of reconciliation that restores broken relationships and systems.


The Ministry of Racial Justice and Reconciliation is committed to three over-arching goals:

1. Building a cohesive Bethany-wide MRJR movement.
2. Actively dismantling racism and pursuing justice.
3. Ensuring God’s multi-ethnic kingdom is increasingly reflected in Bethany’s staff and congregation and leadership.

Get Involved

If you're concerned about racial injustice, want to learn about its root causes and grow as an agent of justice and reconciliation, there are ways to get involved!

MRJR Movie Night

Friday, June 21, 7:00pm, Chapel Auditorium

Join us in viewing the film Promised Land to learn more about the native history of our area and discuss how we as Christians can respond and seek reconciliation. 

White Awake Book Group (West Seattle)

Wednesdays, 7:00pm, At the home of Jeremy & Danielle Bronson

Contact Pastor Prentice Park for more information. 

White Awake Book Group (North)

Sundays, 9:15am, Library Conference Room, Shorewood High School

Contact Pastor Scott Sund for more information. 

White Awake Book Group (Ballard)

Locations depend on group

All of Ballard's gatherings will be going through White Awake for the next 6-8 weeks, depending on the group. Join a gathering:


White Awake: An Evening with Daniel Hill 

January 28, 2019

sermon link

Repairing Reconciliation with Rev. Dr. Brenda Salter-McNeil 

October 2, 2017

sermon link

Race & Justice with Romanita Hairston-Overstreet

March 9, 2017

sermon link

See our Facebook page for related news, engagement opportunities, and events.

Staff Contact: Jonathan Nolasco