Integration and Advocacy

Brad M. Griffin | Nov 13, 2009

Yesterday I had the privilege of meeting with a group of youth workers and other pastoral leaders from South Africa. As we shared together about several topics, including engaging youth in concern and action against injustice, one of the group members said something that hit close to home.

Talking about racial integrationobviously a tough topic for South Africahe said, Our inability to integrate the church cuts off our hands to be able to do justice because the community and the government dont trust us.

When schools have integrated and churches havent, it silences the churchs voice about injustice. I shared that here in the U.S., the churchs glaring inability to integrate has similarly disabled our role in advocacy and action (and it also doesnt help that in some communities white Christians have abandoned entire integrated school systems).

The good news is that we all have the opportunity to prove public opinion wrongwhatever our color or background. But gaining that voice back might mean facing ourselves and our fears first.

Brad M. Griffin

Brad M. Griffin is the Senior Director of Content for the Fuller Youth Institute, where he develops research-based training for youth workers and parents. A speaker, writer, and volunteer youth pastor, Brad is the coauthor of over a dozen books, including 3 Big Questions That Change Every Teenager, Faith in an Anxious World, Growing Young, several Sticky Faith books, Every Parent’s Guide to Navigating Our Digital World, and Can I Ask That? Brad and his family live in Southern California, where he serves as Pastor of Youth and Family Ministries at Mountainside Communion.


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