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May 23, 2022

Understanding “One Blood”: Geneva’s Approach to Racial Reconciliation

Geneva College’s Racial Reconciliation Task Force consulted “One Blood: Parting Words to the Church on Race and Love” by friend of the college Dr. John M. Perkins. Perkins’ work proposes that reconciliation depends upon difficult, conscious decisions to forgive in the face of hate, reflecting the example of Christ, and emphasizes loving, sacrificial relationships.

Perkins argues that the Bible teaches just one human race, with multiple ethnicities, calling the idea of “races” a myth. He examines how cultural prejudices have infected our theology and mindset.

Geneva President Calvin L. Troup guided faculty and staff workshops last fall based on the task force’s work on biblical grounds for reconciliation and engagement.

One Blood calls for a biblical approach to these challenges. Perkins focuses on our oneness in blood in two ways; from Acts 17:26, “And he made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth …” emphasizing all humanity as created imago dei, and Acts 17:30-31, “The times of ignorance God overlooked, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent, because he has fixed a day on which he will judge the world in righteousness by a man whom he has appointed; and of this he has given assurance to all by raising him from the dead…” which emphasizes that all believers are made one through the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Such biblical truths are essential to how Geneva approaches reconciliation based on hospitality, honoring one another through acknowledgement, and cultural humility.

With the Geneva College Faculty Senate and Staff, the Racial Recognition & Engagement Task Force identified the following biblical references as starting points, acknowledgment that the LORD Himself is the founder and Father of our work on racial reconciliation. Scripture teaches us that God’s creation grounds our efforts on racial reconciliation, the fall of humankind into sin contributes to our need for this labor, the gospel of Jesus Christ calls us to it, and the Lord’s return sets the expectation and standard for our work.

• Genesis 1:27-28

• Genesis 11:1-9

• Leviticus 19:18

• Psalm 22:27-28

• Proverbs 31:8-9

• Isaiah 58

• Jonah 3:6-4:11

• Mark 12:29-31

• Luke 2:22-32

• John 4:1-30

• John 13:1-17

• John 13:34

• Acts 2:5-12

• Acts 10:34-35

• Acts 15:6-21


• Acts 17:22-31

• Romans 12:9-21

• Romans 15:1-7

• I Corinthians 13

• II Corinthians 5:18-19

• II Corinthians 4:15-21

• Galatians 6:1-2

• Ephesians 2:11-22

• Ephesians 4:1-6

• Colossians 3:9-13

• James 2:1-5

• James 2:8-9

• I John 4:7-21

• Revelation 5:9-10

• Revelation 7:9-10