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By Guest Editorial Pastor Kathy Neary
Goldendale United Methodist Church 

Applying our Christian faith to the question of racism


February 28, 2018

Last year at Goldendale United Methodist Church, we were shocked to discover that our pastor had experienced racist incidents while she was here. My appointment to the church in July of 2017 was in part to help the congregation understand what had happened and to find ways of addressing racism within ourselves, our church family, and the wider community.

When a Christian congregation faces a problem, the first instinct is to go to the Christian Bible to see what wisdom it may impart on the subject. However, for understanding racism, the Bible is not very helpful. The very concept of “race” as it applies to human beings wasn’t invented until the 15th and 16th centuries in Europe, whi...

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