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ANTI-RACISM:   

Our faith in Jesus Christ leads us to address racism as a theological issue not a political one by actively addressing structures, policies, ideas, and practices that create inequities because of the color of one’s skin.

 

We will work individually and as a congregation to actively eliminate racism in ourselves, our church, our community, and the world around us.

 

This sub-committee’s initial work will be to develop a process for the FPC Session, other committees, and interested individuals to use to lead our church toward becoming anti-racist. The members of the committee will also provide support as we move through this work. 

READ

Shorter Reads

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Books

There are innumerable books on race today.  Below is a short list:

 

  • Just Mercy, A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson – another early book to read by the famed lawyer, dealing with inequities in our criminal justice system.  It’s a story of how he got involved in this work.

 

  • How to be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi – this is a fairly technical book on how to combat racism.  Kendi is the most recognized source for understanding the concept of antiracism.

 

 

WATCH

 

LISTEN

  • The Ezra Kline Show podcast,  "What's really behind the 1619 backlash?" An Interview with Nikole Hannah-Jones and Ta-Nehisi Coates (1:19:12).  These two Pulitzer Prize winning Black journalists are asked about many racial issues, including the "1619 Project" which was led by Hannah-Jones.

 

  • Be Antiracist podcast with Ibram Kendi - Kendi interviews other experts

 

DO

  • Continue to educate yourself on racial history and current issues.  Ask yourself how being a Christian / Presbyterian supports these causes, and act based on this.

 

  • Do the Racial Equity 21-day Challenge.   Each day you’ll receive an e-mail with links to sites where you will learn about facets of racial equity.   Many in FPC have completed this challenge. 

 

  • Join an Advocacy Committee subcommittee (Homelessness and Housing, Anti-Racism, Equity in Education, Plowshares Book Read, Communications) (See contacts at the bottom of this page.)

 

  • In the fall of 2021, the Anti-Racism committee will be offering a framework for groups in the church to use to work towards becoming antiracist

A longer list of resources can be found on the Anti-Racism Formation pages of the Princeton Seminary website