Racial reconciliation

Disruptive racial reconcilers

Disruptive racial reconcilers

Several things have disrupted my life in the last 30 years. A few notables: the internet, hip-hop, smartphones, selfies, Uber and Facebook. Disruption for me is this radical change in business strategy or community organizing where a new product or service creates a...
21 days of prayer still impacting Charlottesville

21 days of prayer still impacting Charlottesville

When violence erupted in Charlottesville, Virginia, on August 12 during a clash between white supremacists and counter-protestors at the “Unite the Right” rally, Cornerstone Community Church (CCC) took action. While church leaders and congregants began engaging in...
​Zip Codes 22901-22908: Charlottesville, Virginia

​Zip Codes 22901-22908: Charlottesville, Virginia

Reverend Tony Schiavone is the lead pastor of Cornerstone Community Church (CCC), Charlottesville, Virginia, where he, his wife, Joy, and their four children ages 7 to 15, call home. On August 12, violence in Charlottesville received national attention. White...
​”She’s 4 Years Old, and Wishes She was White”

​”She’s 4 Years Old, and Wishes She was White”

“I think God ran out of white, so that’s why he made me brown. I wish that I was white.” I will never forget those words spoken earlier this year by a little 4-year-old girl who has stolen our hearts. As I read about the sad events in Virginia on...
​Q&A session on race

​Q&A session on race

Dr. Lawrence VanHook and Rev. Bill Wickham recently pulled up stools and sat side by side as members of the congregation of Spring Valley Church in Rocklin, Calif., asked Dr. VanHook some questions. These questions focused on what a predominantly white, middle class...
A violent July

A violent July

The first full week of July, 2016, was one marked by violence in our headlines and across our screens in the United States. The first wave of violence involved two black men who were shot during what started as more routine encounters with local police. The subsequent...
​Confessions of a white guy

​Confessions of a white guy

I did not grow up in a genuinely multi-colored world. If I had to label my upbringing it would be basic white with a pinch of color, a dusting of ethnicity, and a dash of culture. I do not recall anyone of color who lived in our neighborhood. Two of my buddies, who...
In Ferguson, Missouri: committing to bear witness

In Ferguson, Missouri: committing to bear witness

Recently, I was entrusted with the honor of representing The Wesleyan Church at a Faith Leaders Gathering in Ferguson, Mo. I arrived feeling inadequate but with a commitment to listen, learn, and lament. To call the atmosphere tense would be an understatement....
Praying for Ferguson, Missouri

Praying for Ferguson, Missouri

A grand jury in Ferguson, Missouri, declined to indict white police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown, an unarmed, black 18-year-old. Racial tensions had flared for weeks following the shooting. In response to the decision, crowds flooded...
A Wesleyan View of Racial Reconciliation

A Wesleyan View of Racial Reconciliation

Overcoming the Racial Divide in The Wesleyan Church Preamble The mission of the Wesleyan Church is to fulfill the Great Commission in the spirit of the Great Commandment. It is a clarion call to reach every race and ethnic group with the Gospel of Jesus Christ and...