Our Senior Pastor, Dr. David Anderson, is an internationally acclaimed expert on race relations. Gracism is a term he coined, out of his book, GRACISM: The Art of Inclusion. It has shaped how Bridgeway and thousands around the world now think of how we can curb racism and bring racial reconciliation in places where there is racial conflict. From tribes in Kenya, to apartheid-inflicted South Africa, to the streets of Ferguson, Missouri, and nearby Baltimore, Maryland, Dr. Anderson has been sought after to speak on Gracism and how it can be used as a force for positive change.
The world knows racism to be the negative thought, speech, or action of others, solely based on others’ color, class, or culture. Grace, on the other hand, is the positive extension of favor on people, that they don’t deserve, cannot earn, and cannot repay. Gracism, simply put, is the extension of grace and positive favor towards others, regardless of and sometimes because of color, class, or culture. The “G” added to racism represents God, and Dr. Anderson would say that you can solve any problem when you put God in front of it!
So we believe Gracism is the solution to racism! We talk about it, we live it out (by portraying the Seven Sayings of a Gracist), and we try to inspire others to become Gracists as well!
The Seven Sayings of a Gracist
- I will lift you up
Lifting up the humble by assisting and elevating them towards success
- I will cover you
Protecting the most vulnerable among us from embarrassment and harm
- I will share with you
Opening up networks and resources to others who are systemically downtrodden, and refusing special treatment that may hurt them
- I will honor you
Recognizing those who are the most humble heroes among us regardless of color, class, and culture
- I will stand with you
Committing to stand with the weak-the majority committing to stand up for, and with, the minority
- I will consider you
Having equal concern for our neighbors regardless of color, class, or culture by considering their perspectives and needs
- I will celebrate with you
Rejoicing when the humble and less fortunate among us are helped
In a world that is becoming increasingly hostile, polarized, and insecure, Gracism is needed now more than ever. If individuals, families, and communities put the 7 Sayings of a Gracist into practice, we will undoubtedly move toward a more just society, a more perfect union, and a more peaceful world.
So you want to learn more about Bridgeway? Great! We have all sorts of ways for you to get as much information as you'd like!
Introduction to Bridgeway class, offered every 1st Sunday of the month:
Columbia Campus: 12:00 PM
Owings Mills / Reisterstown Campus: 12:15 PM in Room 2
Partnership Download class, offered monthly as a 2½ hour deeper dive into Bridgeway beliefs, background, structure, and a wealth of other information.
Connection Corner / Room #1
Connection Corner at our Columbia Campus and Room #1 at our Owings Mills/Reisterstown Campus are places where new guests can process their visit and ask related questions after each Sunday service.
To get connected to/learn more about serving opportunities, click here or visit Volunteer Connections at our Columbia Campus, located in the Lobby between the entrances to the sanctuary
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At our Columbia Campus, Bridgeway offices are open Tuesday through Friday, from 9:00 AM until 5:00 PM Eastern Time. Several Bridgeway staff have offices at our Owings Mills/Reisterstown Campus, in addition to their offices at our Columbia Campus.
At our Owings Mills/Reisterstown Campus, office hours are from 10a - 2p Wednesday to Friday. If you would like to make an appointment, don't hesitate to contact us.
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