Faith in Action: A Pastoral Response to Racial Injustice
Springtide Research Institute was recently featured by Connect Journal in an article written by our 2022-23 BIPOC Research Fellow, Cassandra Ogbevire. You can see an excerpt of her article in part below, but we encourage you to visit their site to read the piece in its entirety.
A new report from Springtide Research Institute entitled Navigating Injustice: A Closer Look at Race, Faith, & Mental Health is the culmination of a year of research and explores why and how faith matters for Gen Z BIPOC’s mental health and what faith leaders can do to help.
One major key finding from Navigating Injustice is that young BIPOC wish their faith leaders would address racial injustice from a pastoral perspective. Springtide data reveal that Gen Z BIPOC are slightly more trusting of organized religion, with 33% saying they trust organized religion a lot or completely, compared to 29% of White young people. This finding suggests that faith leaders play a significant role in the lives of Gen Z BIPOC and they should leverage their influence to support Gen Z BIPOC especially as they search for answers to make sense of their existence and their agency to make the world a better place.
Now more than ever, young people of color have an expectation of their faith leaders to not only acknowledge social and racial injustices but also share ways their faith can serve as a transformative tool of change.