Racism and Justice
You may have heard that we have a new group that has been formed at our church called the Racism and Justice Task Force. So, what is this new group about? What are they doing?
Purpose: Determine ways to offer educational opportunities for ourselves, our congregation and our community relating to issues of racism and justice. Discuss actions that can be taken to demonstrate anti-racism in the community. Prayerfully reflect on our role in this issue (both individually and as a church).
Meetings: This group has been meeting the second Tuesday of each month at 7:00 via Zoom.
The meetings last 45 minutes.
What have we done so far:
• Provided an opportunity for open discussions about Racism and Justice
*Learn more about these topics than what you might get from TV or newspapers
*We all come from different backgrounds and experiences.
We share these with each other to broaden our understanding
*We all agreed after the first few meetings that this subject has many layers and we all have much to learn.
O For example, did you know that although Black people make up 13.2% of the U.S. population, but only own 2.7% of the nation’s wealth?
• We are reading and discussing “Stamped from the Beginning” by Ibram X. Kendi. This book considers why there are disparities between white and black populations from historical arguments and individual and societal perspectives. This book considers the historical development of racism from the perspective of 5 “tour guides”, including Cotton Mather (early America’s greatest preacher and intellectual) and Thomas Jefferson.
• But we are more than just a “book club”. We are sharing resources that allow us to each explore further for our own individual growth
*Books, including “Stamped from the Beginning” mentioned above and “This Book is
"Anti-Racist – 20 Lessons on How to Wake Up, Take Action, and Do the Work” by Tiffany Jewell
O 13 (Netflix)
O Just Mercy, available free to borrow from the Orland Park Public Library
O When They See Us (Netflix)
O For Resource List, contact Gwen Svboda (firstname.lastname@example.org)
O Provided the opportunity to enroll in on-line, self-learning workshop offered through the Northern Illinois Conference Anti Racism Task Force website: antiracism
We would love to have more people join us in this journey. If you are interested in learning more about Racism and Justice, or are just curious what this group is all about, please join us at our next meeting. Please contact Pastor Caleb (email@example.com) so that the link to the Zoom meeting can be sent to you.