Episode 544

Jewish Americans Reluctant To Display Their Faith, Mobilizing Black Churches To The Nation & Learning From Gen Z

Feb 13, 2024

The National Summit on Antisemitism recently revealed a troubling insight: nearly half of Jewish Americans are reluctant to openly display their faith, driven by a fear of rising antisemitism. Keith Jefferson, a retired missionary, is spearheading an ambitious initiative to galvanize Black churches in the United States towards global missions, with a particular focus on Brazil. And, in the Baptist Press Toolbox, Jacki King says Gen Z is making an impact that should be well-noted.

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The National Summit on Antisemitism recently revealed a troubling insight: nearly half of Jewish Americans are reluctant to openly display their faith, driven by a fear of rising antisemitism.

This significant finding comes at a time when reports of antisemitic incidents are increasing across the United States, underscoring the growing unease within the Jewish community.

The summit, a gathering of leaders from various sectors including faith, government, and civil society, aimed to address this alarming issue. Discussions focused on strategies to combat antisemitism and initiatives to support Jewish individuals in expressing their faith freely.

Efforts are underway to enhance public awareness and create a more inclusive environment that respects and protects the religious expressions of all citizens, ensuring that faith can be practiced openly and safely without fear.
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Keith Jefferson, a retired missionary, is spearheading an ambitious initiative to galvanize Black churches in the United States towards global missions, with a particular focus on Brazil. Having dedicated decades to missionary work, including significant time in Brazil, Jefferson is uniquely positioned to inspire African American congregations to broaden their international outreach.

Jefferson understands the powerful impact that Black churches can have abroad, especially in places like Brazil where there is a rich tapestry of cultural and spiritual life. By sharing their deep spiritual heritage and commitment to compassionate service, these congregations have the potential to make a profound difference.

Through engaging workshops, dynamic speaking engagements, and personal mentorship, Jefferson is igniting a passion for missions in Brazil among these communities. This initiative is not just about spreading the Christian faith but also about creating lasting connections across cultures and empowering churches to contribute positively on a global scale.
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Every day, hundreds of thousands of people die without the hope of Jesus. Your faithful prayers will make a difference. That’s why the IMB created a free 18-month calendar, called “Impacting Lostness Through Prayer”. It provides guidance, reminders and encouragement as you pray for individuals and communities who have yet to hear the gospel. Learn more about this free resource at IMB.org/prayercalendar.

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In the Baptist Press Toolbox, Jacki King says Gen Z is making an impact that should be well-noted.

In today’s ever-evolving landscape, Generation Z, born roughly between the mid-1990s and early 2010s, is making its mark on society, and we can learn a lot from them.

Embracing Diversity

Gen Z stands out as the most diverse generation, appreciating the richness of various cultural backgrounds and communities. Whether they’re spending weekends at the mall or sitting in classrooms alongside second-generation immigrant classmates, their daily interactions naturally expose them to a wide array of stories and experiences, fostering a culture of inclusivity.

Digital Engagement

Cell phones, laptops, TikTok, and more are buzzing through their fingers throughout the day. Growing up in the age of technology, Gen Z seamlessly moves between a world of digital content to face-to-face interactions. In a matter of seconds, they can be pushed to purchase the newest makeup item or watch highlights of their most admired athletes and heroes.

Empathy Matters

Gen Z has a keen sense of empathy and values transparency. How we speak the truth in love matters deeply and can often be the very thing that turns them against what we have to say.

Humility to show where we don’t have it all figured out, met with grace and truth, fosters trust and connection. Share personal stories, struggles, and triumphs to demonstrate that faith isn’t easy and that we don’t always get it right. Sharing that God is faithful and good helps model a faith journey alongside them that they too can resonate with and follow.

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