Thabiti Anyabwile and John Onwuchekwa recently wrote an opinion piece (view a non-paywalled version) titled “We need a better strategy to plant Black and brown churches” published in The Washington Post. The article, published originally on June 19th, traces the history of Black churches before and after emancipation—the central event celebrated by Juneteenth. Anyabwile and Onwuchekwa look at the parallels between then and now and call for a new understanding of church planting today for Black and brown communities.

In the article, they argue that rather than embrace a multi-ethnic model of the church:

Black and brown communities need the freedom to plant gospel-preaching, neighbor-loving, justice-seeking churches responsive to their own contexts and needs, free from the white gaze.

They stress that this can lead to stronger, more engaged partnerships between churches in different communities that are all engaged in the same effort. In fact, this is what happened after emancipation. We recommend that you go read the article.