It’s easy to say that we want diversity in our homes, our neighborhoods and our MOPS groups, but it’s another thing to intentionally do it. We want to share some practical tips to help move you from just wanting it to actually practicing being a racial bridge-builder. Tasha Morrison, founder of Be the Bridge, shares some great insight and practical first steps to fostering diversity within our lives. For more resources and connections, check out bethebridge.com.
10 Ways to Be a Racial Bridge-Builder
1. Become a student, and educate yourself on the issues.
-Read from various authors on the issues of race and reconciliation.
-Learn from others who don’t look like you.
-Don’t expect others to do the work for you.
-Understand racism from a systemic structure. Ask questions if you don’t understand the systems.
2. Pray for opportunities.
-Don’t expect opportunities to only come to you.
-Step out of your comfort zone to find opportunities. Be brave.
-Look for opportunities in your day-to-day life.
-Think outside the box.
3. Research those you can learn from, and follow them on social media.
-Diversify whom you follow on your social media platforms.
4. Surround yourself with diversity.
-Visit churches, gym classes, restaurants, playgrounds and grocery stores.
-Try out new types of media like magazines, TV shows and movies.
-Add more diverse events to your calendar such as concerts, plays, community and civic events.
-One of the most difficult things for many people is to listen to others who don’t think like themselves.
-Don’t get caught up in pride and being right; practice humility.
-Don’t let political views drive you.
-Practice good listening skills – listen without speaking at times, ask questions for what you don’t understand.
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Source: Church Leaders