In this interview between the Rev. Donnell Wyche and Pastor Brian Metzger of the Raleigh Vineyard Church, the speakers discuss the challenges faced by multiethnic churches and the importance of understanding the history of racialization in America.
They discuss the reasons why multiethnic churches often become monoculture churches, such as white people being unwilling to follow leadership from people of color and the lack of understanding of one's own racial biases. The speakers also discussed the impact of critical race theory on the church, how it acknowledges the reality of our world and the systems that operate within it, and the period of reconstruction in America and how it relates to current issues such as racialized policing, mass incarceration, and under-resourced schools.
They also discussed their involvement in affecting public policy through advocacy for affordable housing in their community and the church's role in becoming involved in affecting public policy. They describe personal experiences they have had that prompted them to become more involved in advocacy for ending cash bail and restorative justice.
Topics covered in this conversation:
- Critical Race Theory
- The challenges faced by multiethnic churches
- The history of racialization in America
- The reasons why multiethnic churches often become monoculture churches
- White people's unwillingness to follow leadership from people of color
- Lack of understanding of one's own racial biases
- The impact of critical race theory on the church
- The period of reconstruction in America
- Racialized policing, mass incarceration, and under-resourced schools
- Advocacy for affordable housing in the community
- The church's role in affecting public policy
- Affordable Housing.
- Ending cash bail and restorative justice
- The Warrant Project to help resolve outstanding warrants for minor offenses
- Changing the way prosecution happens in the county to be more fair and equitable
- The history of the Statue of Liberty