This update follows discussions and activities launched by the congregation last year at the “Talk, Learn, Act” Juneteenth eve session, with follow-up Zoom meetings on the book How to Be an Antiracist. In response to an open invitation, several volunteers formed a Racial Justice Working Group with a charge to: “Provide opportunities for the congregation and community to talk, learn, and act to promote greater racial justice and equity in our society.” (See below for RJWG participants.) The group proposes a variety of activities for 2021 and beyond. We will start by discussing the book Trouble the Water during Lent. We also plan to observe Juneteenth, 2021 (an important date in Black culture). In the fall, to more deeply explore why and how racial justice issues are critically important, we plan to offer White Privilege — Let’s Talk, a course designed to invite church members to engage in safe, meaningful, substantive, and bold conversations on race, and to learn to see White Privilege in the world around them. Based on what we learn, we expect to organize other projects to support work and action by individuals, small groups, and larger groups both internally and externally. Here are three resources for those interested in learning more about and/or participating directly in our activities going forward:
Thanks to all who have — and will — help us in this work. The FCCW Racial Justice Working Group: Rev. Burhans, Rev. Arnold, Sarah Gallop, Jonathan Goodell, Anne Hoenicke, Jessica McArdle (environmental justice liaison), Jerry Mechling, and Kaye Nash.