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Discussion Thread: Gracism
For the last several weeks, you read through Gracism by David Anderson. From the
readings, please share three ideas on how you can integrate the principles learned into
engagement with minority, marginalized, and/or underserved populations. How is God
calling you to minister to these populations? Be specific and relate your response back
to what you have gleaned from the Gracism readings.
Please respond to 2 classmates below, 400 words each reply.
Rebecca Inman (Becca) Classmate #1
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The primary concept that stood out to me in the reading of David Anderson’s Gracism
was unity. Unity is a biblical concept supported by multiple passages of scripture.
Throughout the New Testament, the authors encourage unity across boundaries,
especially cultural boundaries between Gentiles and Jews. This can be applied in
counseling through remembering that no matter how different we might be from our
clients, we are all created in the image of the same God. God celebrates the diversity He
created; therefore, we should embrace and celebrate it as well (Anderson, 2007).
The statement “I will stand with you” (Anderson, 2007, pp. 101-118) is powerful. This
statement reminds me of the counselor’s responsibility to advocate for marginalized
individuals and groups. We are called to stand up for those who cannot stand, to speak
up for those who cannot speak. We are also called to stand with the ones who need
support and those who are affected by oppression. Psalm 9:9 (ESV, 2016) says, “The
Lord is a stronghold for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble.” As Christians,
we are to model our creator. This means following His example by being a stronghold
for the oppressed. Isaiah 1:17 (ESV, 2016) says, “Learn to do good; seek justice, correct
oppression; bring justice to the fatherless, plead the widow’s cause.” We are called to
fight for the vulnerable. We are called to advocacy.
The statement “I will honor you” (Anderson, 2007, pp. 87-100) reminds me of the
concept of privilege and the reality of the effects it has on marginalized people.
Privileged individuals may not realize that they are privileged. According to Hays and
Erford (2017, p. 8), “Privilege refers to the often unconscious and unearned power,
access to resources, advantage, and social position based on cultural group
memberships.” Privilege has an oppressive impact on marginalized groups. Hays and
Erford (2017, p. 8) define oppression as “the often unconscious and unearned power,
access to resources, advantage, and social position based on cultural group
memberships.” As counselors, we must recognize and be aware of our own areas of
privilege and oppression in order to honor our clients who experience oppression (Hays
& Erford, 2017). We must treat our clients who come from marginalized groups with
great honor (Anderson, 2007).
References:
Anderson, D. A. (2007). Gracism: The Art of Inclusion. InterVarsity Press.
Hays, D. G., Erford, B. T. (2017). Developing Multicultural Counseling Competence, 3rd
Edition. [VitalSource Bookshelf 10.1.0]. Retrieved from vbk://9780134523750
The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. ESV® Text Edition: 2016. Copyright © 2001 by
Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.
Salina San Juan Classmate#2
Tuesday
Jul 26 at 6pm
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David Anderson’s (2007) Gracism is a fantastic read for learning how to integrate
spiritual concepts when engaging with the minority, marginalized, and underserved
populations. There are three ideas in particular that I find exceedingly useful to such
instances. These ideas are Paul’s words in Corinthians “I will lift you up”, and
Anderson’s (2007) suggestions to relate on purpose to people who are different, and
link with a church or organization that promotes care for the poor.
Anderson (2007) talks about Paul’s message “I will lift you up”, emphasizing the need
to lift those on the fringes, in minority groups, or any of those who need extra attention.
This chapter teaches that everyone should be included in the circle of honor, regardless
of color, class, culture popularity, etc., because everyone is a part of the body of Christ.
Moreover, everyone is necessary, and no one is dispensable (Anderson, 2007). Hence,
those following Christ should speak for those who do not have a voice. However when
doing this, one has to remember to speak for others in ways that honor them, and not
the speaker.
The next two ideas that I found very inspiring were in Anderson’s (2007) chapter 11,
“How Can I Become a Gracist?” These two ideas are to relate on purpose to people who
are different, and to link with a church or organization that promotes care for the poor.
When relating on purpose to people who are different, Anderson (2007) suggests you
make it a point to conduct your daily life in parts of town where you have a higher
probability of interacting with people who are different from you. This allows a person to
experience interactions they would likely have never had the opportunity to experience,
and meet people from different backgrounds and cultures. Lastly, Anderson suggests
linking to a church or organization that promotes care for the poor. Anderson (2007)
stresses this is important so that one can relieve oppression, racism, poverty, and
hunger for those who are in need.
These three ideas are applicable for those working in the field of counseling because
it stresses the need to help those who are lacking, and only in a way that values their
autonomy. By valuing a client’s autonomy, a counselor is showing compassions,
respect, and grace for their client (Daniel, 2020). These ideas also urge physical action
by exposing yourself to areas in town that are often ignored or bypassed, and assisting
in organizations that help the less fortunate. I feel these ideas are a great combination
of both mental and physical areas that a follower of Christ and future counselor can
strive for improvement when working with the minority, marginalized, and underserved
populations. (448)
References
Anderson, D. A. (2007). Gracism : The art of inclusion. InterVarsity Press.
Daniel, D. (2020). Counseling Principles and Christian Beliefs: an integrated approach.
Kendall Hunt.

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