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Nicolas “nYk p” Pettye, is a middler at the Interdenominational Theological Center, pursuing dual Masters degrees in Divinity and Liturgical Arts and Culture. In addition to being a worship leader within the United Methodist Church, Pettye is the author and creator of the vibrant YouTube video ‘Colorblind’, the culminating presentation within his recently launched GLOW campaign to spread love by fighting to end racism and xenophobia. Colorblind serves as Pettye’s seven-minute call-to-action artistically affirming the soul and diversity inherent within all hues of God’s people. Most powerfully, Pettye provides theological motivation for viewers to use racial and gender categories as investigations into our experiences as people instead of tragic judgments and dismissals of character.

Pettye recalls a conversation with a white clergyman overseeing praise and worship rehearsal as the inspiration behind Colorblind. Pettye, serving as the Gammon Theological Seminary praise and worship intern, typically receives his songsheets midweek at practice. According to Pettye, when he receives service playlists later in the week, it doesn’t afford him the time needed to make suggestions for the direction of the praise service.  During one particular worship rehearsal, Pettye recalls the praise leader responding to his suggestion for soulful worship with “I am colorblind. I don’t really see color.” In response, Pettye’s motivation was to provide a space to challenge us all on just what it means to love a person completely.

日本一本道a不卡免费Colorblind critiques America’s prevailing post-racial notion that divorcing racial difference from our mind’s eye prevents racial bias and xenophobia. Furthermore, Pettye charges the church to be the institution that engages this conversation within the spaces where we live and convene the most.

Pettye chose social media as his platform to get his message into the local and national conversation. Although Pettye ministers in a church of roughly 120 congregants in North Decatur, Colorblind is rapidly approaching over five thousand viewers online. Religious and social justice communities are incorporating Colorblind into their services and curriculums in creative ways. Colorblind was previewed at the October 8th ITC Chapel Service and Pettye has further aspirations for the centerpiece video of his GLOW campaign. Pettye describes the scope of Colorblind this way: “I think it can reach the whole world. It is applicable just to so much right now. Maybe Ellen, Oprah or Tyler Perry can pick it up.”

日本一本道a不卡免费Embracing the mission of Colorblind means coming face to face with the reality that ending racism, sexism and xenophobia begins with being honest with yourself first, and with everyone else afterwards. “When you see me walk into a room, you see a Black man. Make no doubt about it.” Pettye argues. “So instead of saying you don’t see my color, say that you make no judgments about me because of it.” When that happens, Pettye believes that will be the day where we finally enjoy all the colors of God’s magnificent rainbow.

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