Racial justice cafes model the essence of Black folk theology. They blend the aspirations of democracy with the Christian call to build a racially just community. Our socio-spiritual building blocks include these six steps toward community formation which are recapitulation, reparation, reconciliation, redemption, restoration, and resurrection.
The theme of the racial justice cafes is “what do we say to each other and how do we say it.” Funded by the Duke Endowment, it is a pilot project that brings southern Christians of all colors in two rural and urban areas in North and South Carolina together to strengthen their language and wherewithal to break through the walls of segregation and racial injustice. The United Methodist Church community will be primary companions and facilitators of racial justice cafes which are sites of hospitality and community formation. They will engage the following question: what does it mean to be church today in a deeply segregated world and Church community?
Sample Study Materials for the Racial Justice Cafes: