Resegregation. Discrimination against Asians in Britain and the United States. A growing number of white supremacist organizations. These are but a few of the indicators that racism persists. We questioned how we might address this issue in a way that included everyone in the opportunity to heal hatred and bigotry no matter where they crop up—whether in interactions with others, through reports in the media, or as unexamined impressions one has inadvertently allowed to accumulate in thought. In short, we sought a spiritual standard by which we all could measure our thoughts and actions toward those of other races.

Not surprisingly, we found that standard in Christ Jesus' teachings. The Gospel of Luke records these words from one of Jesus' sermons: "As ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise" (6:31). The Golden Rule—the Black Rule, the White Rule, the Yellow Rule, the Red Rule, the Brown Rule. A yardstick by which to measure our love for our fellowman—and for God.

In the articles in this week's focus section, you'll find numerous examples of individuals overcoming both racism and their own racist notions. In their understanding of God as the creator of man, they each find the courage and willingness and tenacity to treat others as they would hope to be treated.

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Archbishop Tutu on reconciliation
September 1, 1997

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