How do we, people of faith who are committed to the work of recognizing, naming and deconstructing racism in our church and world, begin to understand the lives of others with whom we have very little contact? How do we understand what is happening in our country related to race and social unrest? How does learning about the history of our area help us build healing relationships? How can we share what we learn with our congregation and community?
These questions and others helped form the initial discussions of the Anti-Racism Team (A-RT) at Peace First. We held our first meeting in September and explored how to move forward in our mission.
Here are some of the ideas and actions that we will explore and further develop:
- Creating a resource library for adults and children. This resource library will be conveniently located in the church so that congregational members can find books of interest that may be checked out.
- Forming a book club to read and discuss books on anti-racism.
- Writing reviews of books in our library to share with the congregation.
- Hosting movie nights and suggesting movies that can be watched at home.
- Inviting speakers, many of whom are in our local area.
- Developing ecumenical partnerships to join us in combating racism in our churches and community.
- Providing anti-racism training for congregational leadership and the community.
- Meeting with law enforcement to discuss anti-racism and how we can form partnerships.
- Building a healing relationship with our Chinook neighbors.
- Continuing conversations with Consejo Hispano to build relationships with our Hispanic neighbors.
Through prayer, study and conversation the A-RT endeavors to think critically, act faithfully and follow the compassionate and peaceful path of Jesus as we learn of the many forms of racism in our church and society.
We will be meeting monthly on the second Thursday of each month at 6:30pm at the First Lutheran Uppertown campus. ALL ARE WELCOME. Please join us!