Friends,

Over the past several months, many of you have raised questions and concerns about racism. You have asked about how we as people of faith might use this difficult time to explore and learn together. Many of you have voiced a desire for resources and tools that will enable you to connect your faith with matters of race.

Borrowing a framework from other congregations, FPC will engage in a “21 Day Challenge” during the month of August. As a congregation, community, and nation, we have a lot of work to do in terms of racial equity. This 21 Day Challenge is a humble beginning on a long and important journey. The recent killings of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor have only highlighted the immediacy and need of this work. The racial inequity that divides us is a part of our history as a people that we cannot hide from, and to ignore is to go against the will of Christ which is “to unite all things in him” (Ephesians 1:10).

The Leadership of FPC challenges you during this (pandemic) time to a 21-Day Race Equity Challenge. By engaging with these resources, you will be exposed to voices and perspectives different than your own through articles, videos, and podcasts. Each day you will choose one way of engagement and are encouraged to reflect in a journal. At the end of the challenge, there will be opportunities to share our reflections.

Peace, Jared.


Watch a message from Eddie Moore Jr., founder of the 21 Day Race Equity Challenge


Want to get your children involved?


The Challenge

  • Pick one of the resources listed every day for 21 days.
  • Diversify your understanding by doing some of each.
  • Reflect on what you’re learning by using a journal or whatever works for you.
  • Share your reflections with others along the way and at the end of the challenge.
  • Pray for the ability to listen to voices different from yours, to empathize with experiences of others, and to engage with difficult and painful realities that may be blocking your growth as a person of faith.

Watch


Read (articles)


Read (Books)

[Copies can be checked out from FPC for one week at a time].

  • Michelle Alexander, The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness
  • Isabel Wilkerson, The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration
  • Resmaa Renakem, My Grandmother’s Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies.
  • Eddie Glaude Jr., Begin Again: James Baldwin’s America and Its Urgent Lessons for Our Own or Democracy in Black: How Race Still Enslaves the American Soul
  • Also see: Ibram Kendi’s Anti-Racist Reading List

Listen

NPR Morning Edition – You Cannot Divorce Race From Immigration journalist Rachel Martin talks to Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas (6 minutes)

TED Radio Hour – Mary Bassett: How Does Racism Affect Your Health? host Guy Raz speaks with Dr. Mary T. Bassett, Director of the FXB Center for Health and Human Rights at Harvard University (12 minutes)

Here & Now – Without Slavery, Would The U.S. Be The Leading Economic Power? host Jeremy Hobson and author Edward Baptist (15 minutes)

My Anger, God’s Righteous Indignation / Willie Jennings (Response to the Death of George Floyd) (24 minutes)

Redeeming Dangerous Memories: Black Women and Racial Injustice / Keri Day and Miroslav Volf (39 minutes)

Krista Tippett with Resmaa Menakem, “Notice the Rage; Notice the Silence” – 51 minutes.

Krista Tippett with Eula Biss, “Talking About Whiteness” – 51 minutes.

Krista Tippett with Isabel Wilkerson, “This History is Long; This History is Deep” – 51 minutes.

Krista Tippett with Resmaa Menakem (trauma specialist) and Robin DiAngelo (author of White Fragility)51 minutes.

Krista Tippett with Vincent Harding, “Is America Possible?” – 51 minutes.

Krista Tippett with Ruby Sales, “Where Does It Hurt?” – 51 minutes.

Krista Tippett with Patrisse Cullors and Robert Ross, “The Spiritual Work of Black Lives Matter” – 51 minutes.

Krista Tippett with Michelle Alexander, “Who We Want To Become: Beyond the New Jim Crow.” – 51 minutes.

Krista Tippett with John Powell, “Opening the Question of Race to the Question of Belonging” (51 minutes)

Christian Racist Complicity: American History, Monuments, and the Arc of Justice / Jemar Tisby & Ryan McAnnally-Linz. (54 minutes)

Brene Brown with Austin Channing Brown on I’m Still Here: Black Dignity In A World Made For Whiteness1 hour.

Brene Brown with Dr. Ibram X. Kendi on How To Be an Anti-Racist1 hour.

Code Switch, hosted by journalists Gene Demby and Shereen Marisol Meraji (you can search for podcasts that interest you).

Black Like Me, host Dr. Alex Gee (you can search for podcasts that interest you).

Scene on Radio – Seeing White Series, host John Biewen and collaborator Chenjerai Kumanyika (you can search for podcasts that interest you).

Pod Save the People, Activism. Social Justice. Culture. Politics. On Pod Save the People, organizer and activist DeRay Mckesson (you can search for podcasts that interest you).

PCUSA Racial Justice Resources

PCUSA Statements, Worship Resources, Recommended Books, Discussion materials, and other articles.

Notice

Test Your Awareness: Do The TestThis video shows us the importance of paying attention, and how much more we see when we are looking for particular things around us.

Use each question below separately as one day’s challenge.

  • Who is and is not represented in ads? 
  • What are the last five books you read? What is the racial mix of the authors? 
  •  What is the racial mix of the main characters in your favorite TV shows? Movies? 
  • Who is filling what kinds of jobs/social roles in your world?  Can you correlate any of this to racial identity?

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