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Bridgeway’s Rev. David Anderson to Serve at Pulpit, Preaching Grace in Response to Racism

The Rev. David Anderson believes that “gracism is the solution to racism.”

“Gracism is the extension of grace and positive favor towards others, regardless of — and sometimes because of — color, class or culture,” said Anderson, who is senior pastor at Bridgeway Community Church in Columbia, Maryland. “The ‘G’ added to racism represents God. You can solve any problem when you put God in front of it.”

Anderson will be the chaplain-in-residence for Week Three. He will preach at the Service of Worship and Sermon at 10:45 a.m. Sunday in the Amphitheater. His sermon title is “The Powerful Art of Inclusion.” He will share his faith journey at Vespers at 5 p.m. Sunday in the Hall of Philosophy.

Sunday’s morning worship will also include the annual Ecumenical Communion Service.

Anderson will also preach at the 9:15 a.m. Ecumenical Service Monday through Friday in the Amp. His sermon titles for the week include: “The Power of ‘Agreement,’ ” “The Power of ‘Anointing,’ ” “The Power of ‘Alabaster,’ ” “The Power of ‘Authority’ ” and “The Power of ‘Attitude.’ ”

“We believe gracism is the solution to racism,” Anderson said. “We talk about it, we live it out, and we try to inspire others to become gracists, as well.” 

One way Bridgeway Community Church lives out gracism is through the “Seven Sayings of a Gracist.” These are: I will lift you up, I will cover you, I will share with you, I will honor you, I will stand with you, I will consider you and I will celebrate with you.

Anderson is the founder and president of the BridgeLeader Network. As the founder and senior pastor of Bridgeway Community Church, Anderson serves a congregation of over 5,000 weekly attendees from more than 52 different nations.

He is one of the world’s leading authorities on building bridges across the divides of race, faith, culture and wealth. His global work has brought hope and healing to communities and families, and to people in Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East and North America — including work in Ferguson, Missouri, and Baltimore. Wherever there is a divide, Anderson seeks to build a bridge through relevant and intelligent conversation.

Anderson hosts the daily radio talk show “RealTalk with Dr. David Anderson” on WAVA (105.1 FM) — the most listened to Christian talk station on the East Coast and the second most listened to Christian talk station in the nation — and previously hosted “Real Talk with Dr. David Anderson” on ABC2 in Baltimore.

He earned his Ph.D. in 2001 from Oxford Graduate School’s American Centre for Religion and Society Studies, while studying and defending his essays at Oxford University in England. Anderson currently serves as the Chancellor of Omega Graduate School.

He is the author of Letters Across the Divide, Multicultural Ministry, Gracism: The Art of Inclusion, I Forgrace You: Doing Good to Those Who Have Hurt You and most recently, How to Think like a Gracist. He is editor and co-author of the Multicultural Ministry Handbook: Connecting Creatively to a Diverse World.

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The author Mary Lee Talbot

Mary Lee Talbot writes the morning worship column. This past winter she made her acting debut as Miss Maudy in To Kill A Mockingbird at the Lucille Ball Little Theater in Jamestown. She edited the forthcoming history of the Jewish presence at Chautauqua and wrote the history of the Chapel of the Good Shepherd for its 125th anniversary this summer. She is a member of the Chautauqua Lake Central School Board and lives year-round in Chautauqua with her dog, Max.