Any headline with "transcending" and "race" gets my immediate attention. Here's one from the New York Times, and some key excerpts:
Transcending Race and Religion to Rebuild the Ruins of Baltimore
... conversation stilled at Mr. Graf’s arrival. “I don’t know if we should be talking about this stuff with an outsider here,” one minister said, ...Then the Rev. Vernon N. Dobson, one of Baltimore’s legendary civil rights leaders, replied.
“He’s with me,” Mr. Dobson said. “And who’s blacker than me here? The man is my brother.”
Nearly 30 years later, Mr. Dobson’s judgment on Mr. Graf has been ratified and redeemed. Mr. Graf, 64, has built a striking track record of crossing the borders of race and religion to organize among black Christians. His current effort has brought together millions of dollars from black churches and Jewish philanthropies to build or repair up to 1,200 homes in the ruins of East Baltimore.
Graf, who is married to a black woman, thought about joining a black church, but decided it would violate his deep sense of Jewish identity. But the power of this is not about religion--the institution and denominations. It's about the Spirit of God, as it reveals itself in our hearts--whether we also discover it revealed in the bible or not.
Graf may not be a Christian or an observant Jew. But he did quote scripture about "for the least of these."
For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.'
37 "Then the righteous will answer him, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?' 40 "The King will reply, 'I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.