Adventist Segregation

Posted on November 26, 2013

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DesegregateWhere are the voices of concern in the Adventist Church when it comes to segregation of Adventist conferences, churches, and schools?

Instead of seeking pure Christian unity and brotherly love in North America, we turn a blind-eye to the division of church members because of skin color and naively continue on as if nothing is wrong. When in reality, we currently have black conference, black churches, and black schools in the 21st century.

As I was driving home from work today, I heard an insightful report on NPR (National Public Radio).  As it sounds, I am not the only one disturbed by the separation of people by skin color.  Checkout a portion of the report…    

“Are museums doing an artist a favor or a disservice when they group shows together around ethnicity or gender rather than aesthetics? Adrian Piper believes it’s a disservice. She’s a conceptual artist whose work is in the collections of major museums, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York. She recently demanded that a film of hers be removed from a show of black performance art. Piper preferred not to be interviewed, but she sent NPR the email she sent to the show’s curator. In it she wrote that “as a matter of principle,” she does not allow her work to be exhibited in “all-black shows,” because she believes these shows “perpetuate the segregation of African-American artists from the mainstream contemporary art world.”

Someone else goes on to say…

“She believes it also lets institutions off the hook. “So if they had one black show per year, they could go on doing business as usual for the rest of the year, which is why certain black writers have stopped publishing in February,” she says. Black History Month might have been created “for good reasons,” but Chase-Riboud says it now feels like “tokenism.” [REPORT SOURCE]

If we are truly God’s remnant Church, we had better stop messing around with modern-day segregation and develop a plan to address this shameful sin. 

The 60th General Conference Session in San Antonio, Texas is only 19 months away.  This would be the perfect time to address this problem globally.  In the meantime, we could make needed reforms in the North American Division. 

Just Do It…

Desegregate conferences, churches, and schools.  Make sure all local and regional unions and conferences reflect all ethnicities within each demographic.  For example: If a local conference’s membership is made-up of a majority of Caucasians, Asians, and African-Americans, then the conference leadership should consist of Caucasians, Asians, and African-Americans.  This type of leadership would not be easy at first, but it is necessary if we are going to achieve a healthy balance of unity and brotherly love. 

What can you do?

  1. Pray
  2. Educate yourself on the subject
  3. Stand up and speak up in your local church
  4. Contact your local conference leaders and ask them to address this problem
  5. Contact your North American Division leaders and ask them to address this problem [CLICK HERE TO LEAVE COMMENT]  

Example of segregation: Here are two conferences that are only miles apart…

Black and White Conf