“Our country’s most important institutions have been built to sustain white privilege, to protect white lives and white property at the expense of our siblings of color. The church through ignorance, denial, and in some cases deliberate action, has participated in this injustice. We have been slow to face the reality of systemic racism. We have been slow to acknowledge the pain of our fellow Presbyterians, of our fellow Christians, of our fellow citizens, and of those who have come to America for a better life, whose value has been judged by the color of their skin.”
The Assembly called the Church to “actively confront and dismantle systemic racism in our church and in society at large, and to work for a more just, merciful, and peaceful country that allows all of God’s children to flourish.”
The week of action will include, among other events, these of particular interest:
Tuesday, August 25: PC(USA) Town Hall Gathering
This is an opportunity to engage with theologians, community activists, pastors and practitioners on the intersectional work of anti-racism, how the PC(USA) in all its expressions grapples with the legacy of white supremacy and racism in our history and theology, finds ways to do prophetic and renewing work in current moments for racial justice, and how we can listen to and come alongside community and national leaders to show up together for racial justice.
This event will begin at 1:30 p.m. via Zoom. Registration information will be shared in this week's newsletter.
Wednesday, August 26: FPCB Follow-up Conversation
First Pres will offer an opportunity to converse about the information shared in the Tuesday Town Hall. Via Zoom, we'll gather to discuss the themes and how they resonate for us as individuals and as a congregation.
This event will begin at 7 p.m. via Zoom. Registration information will be shared in this week's newsletter.