Race & Christian Community Initiative Newsletter Issue 4, October 2018
The Race & Christian Community Initiative
Hello RCCI community,

Four months after our ministry launch celebration, RCCI is pressing into an exciting vision and moving full steam ahead. As we develop foundational structures like an advisory board and prayer team, we are also preparing to launch new programing throughout the fall and into 2019. Read below to learn more about these exciting developments and how you could be a part of what God is doing through RCCI.

In addition, if you are looking for race-related resources, thought-partnership, or support, please don't hesitate to reach out. The last few months, I've been getting to know a number of ministries throughout the city who are curious about or actively exploring racial healing. I've been glad to come along side them and would be delighted to connect with you and your community.

God bless,

Megan Lietz
RCCI Program Director

PS: If you weren't able to make it to our launch party, or simply want to relive some great memories, check out the launch party highlight video (above).

Get to know RCCI Director, Megan Lietz, through an article in Boston Voyager Magazine where she talks about the journey that led her to found RCCI and how her faith shapes her engagement in racial justice.
Launching New Programs through 2019
After following up from our ministry launch and seeking the Lord for a vision for this new season, RCCI is excited to share three new programatic elements we will be unrolling this fall and into 2019. Read on to learn more and how you could get connected.

Cohort for White Pastors and Ministry Leaders: In April of 2018, RCCI successfully concluded a pilot cohort of White evangelicals from all walks of life who committed to growing in the area of racial reconciliation. In January 2019, RCCI will be launching a new pilot cohort for White evangelical pastors and ministry leaders. This is done with the hope that they'll grow in their understanding of racial reconciliation and be equipped to work towards racial healing in their spheres of influence. If you're interested in learning more click here or email Megan at mlietz@egc.org.

Conference Call Prayer for RCCI and Racial Healing: On October 1st, 2018, RCCI's prayer team launched into a new venture in the form of conference call prayer. This gathering takes place on the1st Monday of each month to lift up prayers for RCCI and racial healing in Greater Boston. RCCI believes in the power of prayer and has a long-term vision to support city-wide prayer related to racial reconciliation. Our conference call prayer is open to all. If you're interested in learning more, including how to join us, please email Megan at mlietz@egc.org . To see general prayer requests for RCCI and learn about other ways you can support us through prayer, please click here.

A Support and Accountability Group that Moves White Evangelicals from Learning to Action: Knowing about issues related to race, and even what one could do to be an ally in dismantling racism, is different from taking action. RCCI's newest group desires to create a space where White people who are engaging ongoing self-work and learning, can develop capacity for action. Participants would receive resources to work towards racial healing in their spheres of influence in ways that are respectful, responsible, and empowering to people of color. If you are interested in learning more about this developing group, please email Megan at mlietz@egc.org .

We invite your prayers, thought-partnership, support, and questions as we venture into these new endeavors. Praise God for the work he has done in and through RCCI thus far. We look forward to where he will lead us!
Check out my recent blog post

to explore principles that could help you see race differently.
How You Can Support: Developing a Team Around RCCI
RCCI is developing a multiracial team so we can have the support, resources, and accountability to grow what God has started. Please see below for how you can support RCCI in this critical time of development.

  • Volunteer: There is much work to be done. Let’s chat about how you can use your God-given gifts to support RCCI.
  • Give Financially: I am working on raising $60,000 by the end of June 2019. This money will serve to support RCCI programs and develop a multiracial team. You can Give online here or send a check, made payable to Emmanuel Gospel Center with an indication it's for RCCI, to EGC at PO Box 180245, Boston, MA 02118.
  • Pray: Lift prayers up on behalf of RCCI and consider becoming a member of the prayer team. Click here to see our current prayer requests.

Thank you for supporting RCCI!