Being Mixed Reflections

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In thinking about our ethnic identity development as multiethnic people, what does it mean to be “mixed”? What does it mean to move beyond “black and white” thinking about our heritage? How can we see our ethnic stories in full color?   

Use the two reflections below (alone or in groups) to ask these questions and sit at the feet of our Brown, multiethnic, Middle Eastern/North African savior, listening to what he has to say about how we have been made for good. 


“Being Mixed” - Reflection One 

What does it mean to move beyond “black and white” thinking about our heritage? How can we see our ethnic stories in full color? 


“Some of us might not know about our ancestors beyond a couple of generations. Some of us might have complex, painful, or shameful parts of how our families came into being (especially those that have the legacy of slavery, war, or rape in the family story). Jesus doesn’t ignore this but instead is set on redeeming those hurtful stories.” 

Sarah Shin, Beyond Colorblind (IVP 2017, p. 30-31) 


Bible Reading: John 9:1-41 

Reflection Questions: 

  • Where have we been taught that parts of ourselves should be hidden away, ignored, assimilated, etc.? Which parts, and by whom? 
  • Where is Jesus’ Mixed ethnicity helpful in understanding our own? Where does the analogy fall flat? 
  • What does it mean to have a “legacy of slavery, war, or rape in the family story”? Does it feel like there really is hope for redemption? 
  • What majority-culture, supposedly “right answers” are we telling ourselves and others—though these lies come to us because of conquest, colonization, and oppression?  
  • How can our struggles help inform our work in the world? What healing do we need to receive to let our Mixed status point to Jesus? 


Liturgical Prayer: 

God Almighty 

Father, Son, and Holy Spirit 


Father of all nations 

Holy Spirit who dwells in our bodies 


Son who is fully God 

Fully human 

and of Mixed heritage 


we sit before you in awe. 


In awe of your beauty 

in awe of the scars, you still bear 


in awe of how 

the brutality of the oppressor 

was met with 

the gentleness of your incarnation 


in true strength 

true wholeness 

and true love 


Teach us to see with your eyes 

to hear with your ears 


to sit in the silence of our doubts 

and the cries of our ancestors 


to know your goodness 

in not erasing our stories 


but in giving them color 

and meaning 


and a place in the Kingdom. 



--Chandra Crane 


*Optional Reading: Beyond Colorblind pp. 29-33 (section “Embracing Our Ethnic Backgrounds”) 


“Being Mixed” - Reflection Two 

How can we be a blessing in our Mixed selves? What do we uniquely bring to the Kingdom because of who God has made us to be? What does real peace look like for us? 

“So we embody slaves and masters, colonizers and indigenous people, vulnerable immigrants and privileged gatekeepers, all in the face of one person. We see the hostility of centuries every time we look in the mirror.” 

Chandra Crane, Mixed Blessing (IVP 2020, p. 33) 


Bible Reading: 1 Timothy 2:1-7 and Hebrews 4:14-16 

Reflection Questions: 

  • Do you feel like a blessing? Or just mixed up? Or (of course!) both? 
  • Which of the stories from the book (or other places) most strike a chord with you? 
  • How do you feel that your Mixed ethnicity has helped you to serve the Kingdom? How has it felt like a detriment to service? 
  • After the two reflections, how do you feel about your Mixed ethnicity? Is this different than how you felt at the beginning of Reflection One? 


Liturgical Prayer: 

King Jesus, 

Our Prophet and the fulfillment of prophecy 

Our Priest and the ultimate sacrifice 

Our King who dwells among us 


We marvel at your identity. 


As Brown, Mixed, Jewish, Canaanite, Moabite, Hittite 

As Middle Eastern and North African 

As God and Human 

As high above all and yet present with your people 


As the bridge on whose back the stripes were laid 

and the Kingdom is being built 


We marvel at your sacrifice. 


Holy Spirit, 

Our comforter and companion. 


You are the Indwelling Gift of God Most High 

You are the Spirit of our embodied Lord Jesus 

You are the sign and seal of the joy to come. 


Our inheritance and our shepherd. 


Father God, 

In you we find our life 

In you we have our breath 

In you we are at peace 


You designed us with great care. 


You hold us together 

Mixed Blessings 

In the lineage of Jesus. 


Remind us of who you are 

And thus who we are 


Forever and ever. 

Amen and Amen! 


--Chandra Crane 


*Optional Reading: Mixed Blessing pp. 29-40 (Chapter Two) 

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