How Jesus Became Widely Accepted as Being White

1. Reflection Questions

Why is it important to think critically about representations of Jesus? 

How have Western applications of Christianity impacted your experiences with the religion or in society? 

2. Take Action

Spread Awareness. The representation of Jesus has been a hotly contested topic for centuries. However, not as many people can speak to the deeply racialized history of representing Jesus’ representation as a white person. Misinformation can contribute to either forgetting about the past or reinforcing incorrect ideas that promote racist ideas and histories. 

Is there one person in your family, community or friend group that you could have a conversation with about the representation of Jesus in your community? How would you start that conversation or bring the topic up?  

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3. Healing + Resilience

Taking information breaks. Sometimes that amount of information in the world can be overwhelming, especially if it all feels like bad or hard news. If you start to feel overwhelmed by learning too much information too fast, take an information break! Take some time to talk with someone about what you’re learning without taking in any more information. You can also write your thoughts in a journal or check out this link for journal apps, online diaries, and digital scrapbooks. 

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