How do people respond to new information?

How do people respond to new information?

Week One

This is part of a six week series to begin learning about race in America.

We are going to start things off fairly light before diving into deeper topics. As we begin this journey together, I encourage you to remember that the wise listen. None of us are experts, so let’s be experts at listening and learning, especially listening to Black and Brown stories. Pastor Michael Todd once gave a sermon talking about the root words of light and darkness in the Bible. In the original text, light was associated with knowledge and darkness was associated with ignorance. You see, the enemy loves to control us in areas we have little knowledge. Through Christ, the truth sets us free. Undoubtedly, the ultimate truth is the gospel, but God wants us to navigate from truth and knowledge in all areas of our life, including race relations.

Let the wise listen and add to their learning, and let the discerning get guidance.

Proverbs 1:5

When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

John 8:12

Materials to read/watch

*Disclaimer, there are some swear words in the backfire article. My apologies. Please know that it is still valuable.

Reflection Questions

  1. Why did you want to begin learning? Why do you care about learning about racism?
  2. Did you talk about race much going up? How were your ideas around race formed?
  3. What was your response to the Backfire Effect article? How does it influence our conversations with others?