The Christian Education team is inviting the congregation to participate in a 21-Day Racial Justice Challenge, which is well suited to individuals and churches.
Racism is deeply embedded in the life and history of the U.S. Through colonization, slavery and a shameful history of legislative action and judicial pronouncements, our nation created and embraced a system that valued and devalued people based simply on skin color and ethnic identity. People of color were deliberately subjugated for material, political and social advantage. Racism today is the continuing and enduring legacy of this history.
There is a growing awareness among Presbyterians that racism is a crisis and must be addressed. The PC(USA) is strongly committed to the struggle for racial justice.
One way to start is by taking the 21-Day Racial Justice Challenge. As a church, we will begin the challenge will begin July 1 and we invite you to do something every day to raise awareness about the perniciousness of racism and encourage action in response to that awareness. Begin Day 1 on July 1st.
- Day 1. Read the PC(USA) churchwide anti-racism policy, “Facing Racism: A Vision of the Intercultural Community,” at facingracism.org.
- Day 2. Study the Week One lesson from the Facing Racism Study Guide.
- Day 3. Watch an updated version of the Clark doll experiment, which explores how early-in-life ideas of racial inferiority and superiority are internalized.
- Day 4. Read the Confession of 1967 from our Presbyterian Church (USA) Book of Confessions.
- Day 5. Study the Week Two lesson from the Facing Racism Study Guide.
- Day 6. Read the resolution of the 223rd General Assembly of the PC(USA) on environmental racism.
- Day 7. Read: https://www.presbyterianmission.org/story/pt-0520-juneteenth/
- Days 8-21 Coming Soon!
We will offer weekly opportunities to discuss and process our learning each week. Monday nights July 6, 13, 20 at 7:30 pm on Zoom or Wednesday nights July 8, 15, and 22 practicing social distancing in chairs and wearing masks outside on the church grounds (the building will not be open).