Learning from InterVarsity’s Long Multi-Ethnic Journey
Jason Byassee’s article Reconciliation on Campus in Faith and Leadership is a very important read.
Hypothesis: InterVarsity Christian Fellowship has gone deeper than any large, national Christian organization in putting multi-ethnic convictions and about justice and reconciliation into its DNA, from top to bottom. I’ve said that for years. Is it true? If so, it’s worth taking a close look at the reasons why, and what we can learn from IV’s journey. Byassee’s article is a good start. The journey for IV has been costly, deep, transformative, and continues to be messy. Such a witness is profound. A major InterVarsity leader reportedly once said “Racial reconciliation is not a romantic bandwagon to jump on. It is a journey to the cross.” He went on to name a number of leaders influential to IV’s ministry in this area who suffered greatly or died untimely deaths. His point: sacrifice and authenticity go hand-in-hand. But it is one thing for a grassroots ministry to engage this, quite another for a large national institution with 1,400 staff.
Read the article and tell me what you think. Has any other national Christian organization gone as deep as this?