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Racial Justice & Reconciliation


Upcoming Events for MRJR

The Bridge to Racial Unity, beginning the week of May 23

• Date: Multiple groups beginning week May 23 for 10-weeks
• Time: TBD based on sign-ups
• Location: Zoom
• Cost: $15 registration fee for The Bridge to Racial Unity booklet. 
Registration link.

There are three classes all starting May 25 (classes will be limited to five participants each):
1) Tuesdays 7-8am facilitated by Ken Barron and Pastor Raoul
2) Tuesdays 8-9pm facilitated by Elizabeth Nguyen and Nicole Hood
3) Tuesdays 8-9pm facilitated by Tom Parks

Come join Pastor Raoul and the North Ministry of Racial Justice and Reconciliation team for a 10-session study on the key steps in the racial reconciliation process.

 Do you have a heart to help heal racial division in our country and our church? Do you desire to work toward racial unity, but don’t know where to start? Have you wondered why Pastors Scott and Raoul are saying racial reconciliation is a discipleship matter?

Come join Pastor Raoul and the North Ministry of Racial Justice and Reconciliation team for a 10-session study on the key steps in the racial reconciliation process: Awareness, Acknowledgement and Lament, Guilt and Shame, Confession, Forgiveness, Repentance, Reparation, Restoration, and Reproduction. Each session involves studying a passage of Scripture, reading background information, sharing personal experiences (and listening to those of others), and prayer. Between sessions, group members are expected to complete educational and experiential homework assignments.

Get Involved, Engaged, or Supported

If you have encountered racism, particularly within Bethany North, the MRJR team is here to support you and work toward change and healing.  If you are interested in learning more about racial justice, or in following Jesus in its pursuit, the MRJR team has opportunities and guidance to offer. Please email us at for more information.

Ministry of Racial Justice & Reconciliation (MRJR) North, Statement of Purpose

Who We Are

The Ministry of Racial Justice and Reconciliation is an initiative across all Bethany Community Church campuses in the greater Seattle area. The work of MRJR has been growing for over four years. Each campus has their own MRJR team that is part of the church-wide ministry, whose leaders from all campuses meet together quarterly.

We believe all people are created in the image of God and we need to embrace and lift up different experiences, perspectives, approaches, and expressions of God's image to get the fullest understanding of God.

Our Role in the Church

Racial injustice has a long evil history in the U.S. and the Church has been complicit. We must not be complacent in the face of racial injustice that continues in America. We believe Christ is calling us to bear witness to racial injustice and step into the difficult work toward healing and reconciliation.

The MRJR team at Bethany North works with church leadership and staff to 1) educate ourselves and the church body, 2) seek justice and reconciliation within the church by supporting staff and congregants of color and identifying and dismantling unjust structures within the church, and 3) seek justice and reconciliation outside the church in the community around us

"He has shown thee, oh man, what is good and what the Lord requires of thee; to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God"
-Micah 6:8