"May they experience such perfect unity that the world will know that you sent me and that you love them as much as you love me." - Jesus, John 17:23

Reflections on the Trayvon Martin Tragedy by Brenda Salter-McNeil

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Dr. Salter-McNeil shares her reflections on the Trayvon Martin tragedy and challenges us to use it as an opportunity to grow in our ability to identify with people who are not like us and to empathize with their situation.

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  • Victoria said:

    Thanks for the encouragement toward identification and empathy. Both challenge us to move with compassion without, necessarily, moving our ethical or ideological “compass.” And while I don’t believe Trayvon Martin’s tragic killing challenges most us so much in terms of what’s ethical or ideologically correct, as even folks who’re uncertain about fault agree that his loss is a tragedy, many other current cultural situations requiring identification and empathy do. I think a major challenge we have as Christians is understanding justice–being just or acting justly–without being swayed from what we believe to be Biblically accurate. So again, thanks for nudging us in the right direction.


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