What would come to fruition if we cast bias aside? Perhaps healing? Mutual respect?
America is wrestling big-time when it comes to matters of race.
Bet you’re wondering what this has to do with Dahlia Collective.
Let me explain: Writers, in general, are keen on details. We’re ultra-observant.
Faith writers today cannot deny how issues of race and political vitriol inform writing. We’re either in the heat of social justice battles or observing and planning from afar.
There isn’t a person of faith who hasn’t been affected by what’s presently occurring in the United States.
A xenophobic lawyer loses it upon hearing deli workers speak Spanish. A Starbucks employee phones the police on two Black customers awaiting a late friend. A suspicious white Yalie calls campus security just because a Black female graduate student is resting in the common area.
Skin wars are ravaging our land.
I’ve observed brave writing colleagues engage in difficult, honest conversations. And I think this dialogue benefits all writers who pen words for Kingdom-Come.
Dahlia Collective stands on one premise alone:
We believe people of multicultural backgrounds matter to God. We believe God made us in His own image.
We honor the Imago Dei within us, knowing God’s Spirit can dwell in skin which looks different than yours, and mine. Because Imago Dei dwells in varied ecumenical faiths across the vast expanse of this land.
God longs to dwell in honest and willing hearts. No matter our private economies. Regardless of our ancestral lineage.
We believe readers want to see people who look and feel like they do.
Faith Writers Doing Good Work
As a Latina writer of Puerto Rican descent, I get excited when I learn writers of color use their writing platforms for racial reconciliation.
Author and speaker Deidra Riggs wants to see “the body of Christ gather together and speak into the darkness with one voice.”
Joy ran deep when I heard Grace Cho was crunching new content as Editorial Manager over at (in)courage.me.
Mad props to Tammy Perlmutter, founder, and curator of The Mudroom Blog. She’s been publishing diverse voices way before it became hip and trendy.
A Place to Land author Kate Motaung compiled a Christian woman of color writer directory.
Dahlia Collective’s Mission
Dahlia Collective endeavors to provide you curated content which inspires women of all racial backgrounds to live each day with unabashed hope.
These next few weeks, you’ll meet Alice, Julia, Nylse, Shannon, and Tammy. Women of varied skin tones, ages, and cultural experiences.
One contributor battles debilitating pain but managed to publish her first book. Another lost her husband tragically, yet she wakes up regardless and parents her fatherless daughter, a beautiful girl with questions of her own.
Friends, that’s only a taste of what we’ve collectively overcome.
These women are the epitome of resilience and over the next few weeks, we hope you’ll come to realize that even though we’re on individual paths, we’re all walking through hard moments.
We’re all battling something, even though our smiles may tell you otherwise.
We’re all seeking to be understood, regardless of our private economies or cultural backgrounds.
We’re all struggling to understand the deeper questions of faith when it seems all hell is breaking loose.
Because we know Christ holds our hands and guides us even still.
He values the skin we’re in.
We, in turn, must do the same.
Red skin. Yellow skin. Mahogany or fair. God shines the same light and love on us all.