LifeWay Admits VBS Curriculum Was Racist
It was nearly a decade in coming, but LifeWay admitted its “Rickshaw Rally” VBS curriculum offended Asian American Christians. Sarah Pullam Bailey reports at Religion News Service:
…Thom Rainer, who became president and CEO in 2006, said Wednesday (Nov. 6) in a video message at the Mosaix conference in Long Beach, Calif., that the “Rickshaw Rally” curriculum is “still a point of hurt for some.”
“I am sincerely sorry stereotypes were used in our materials, and I apologize for the pain they caused,” Rainer said.
“I agree with those who have helped us understand the offensive nature of that material,” he said. “And I agree evangelical church and ministry leaders — particularly those of us who are white — need to commit to assuring, as best we can, these offenses stop.” …
…“LifeWay will continue to train our staff to be aware of and sensitive to ethnic and cultural differences so that our materials continue to respectfully represent all people groups,” he said. “Finally, I will lead our executive leadership staff to engage in dialogue and conversation with ethnic leaders that we might go forth together to strengthen believers and reach people in North America and around the world.”
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