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February 8, 2016

As a pastor, I recall many times leaning on the adage; “showing up is half the battle”. As the Director of Intercultural Leadership at Cedarville University I believe more than ever that showing up is often more than half the battle. When considering past and present challenges, it is too easy to not show up. There are other areas of life and ministry pressing for care and maintenance. Yet, the world we live in continually providing a perfect opportunity for relevant engagement with them and area of ethnicity provides a great opportunity! Along with a community partner, a recent transfer student and a student from the greater Dayton community we recently attended a meeting at Sinclair College in Dayton OH. The South Ohio Council on Higher Education (SOCHE) facilitated an active discussion on race and racial tensions. We were able to enter a real conversation with real people about real challenges. Two hours later, the problems of the Universe were not solved but we did know our community neighbors better and considered some ways we can more successfully interact with people from different backgrounds on our campus as well as in the community. The small group approach allowed 100 of us to get to better at hearing the voices  around us. We met in groups of 7-10 people. The our group included other students from Sinclair, community leaders and educators. Active participation was required, silence was discouraged. I wanted to sit back and listen to others but I also had to speak up. Sometimes my thoughts were in opposition to others but we were all able to create space to hear and to speak. We agreed that racism was evil and we shared thoughts on dealing with it in our communities. Are you present and accounted for with the challenges and questions in your community?  If showing up is at least half the battle, what is the other half? Dietrich Bonhoeffer said;

“Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act.”

(LtoR) Greg Dyson, Alexus Roeller, Joshua McGee, Amanda Davidson attending SOCHE community engagement conversation on race at Sinclair College

(LtoR) Greg Dyson, Alexus Roeller, Joshua McGee, Amanda Davidson attending SOCHE community engagement conversation on race at Sinclair College

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