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RACIAL DIALOGUE TEAM

OF THE PRESBYTERY's

COMPASSION PEACE & JUSTICE MINISTRIES

RACIAL EQUITY HAPPENINGS AROUND PEVA

The Rev. Jimmie Hawkins’ book, “Unbroken and Unbowed: A History of Black Protest in America,” explores the heart and history behind Black protest and was recently released by Westminster John Knox Press. https://www.wjkbooks.com/Author/Default.aspx?AuthorId=38686

Justine L. Nusbaum Lecture at Virginia Wesleyan Universityby Johnny Finn, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Geography Chair, Department of Sociology, Social Work, & Anthropology Christopher Newport University. entitled “Social Murder and the Geography of Inequality,” is available to view on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J-1-i_0hNTw

Christopher Newport University students just released a really impactful documentary short entitled “Coal Blooded”, focusing on the 200-acre coal pile right next to SE Newport News, a redlined neighborhood that today has the highest rate of asthma in the city. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sM3QtrJv3og

White Privilege Conference was hosted by the Presbytery of Charlotte in Charlotte, NC March 9-12, 2022. The Conference Theme 'Wade in the Water: White Supremacy, Race, Religion, and  Reciprocity'.  https://web.cvent.com/event/06642380-b578-4064-8d79-20f44c17117e/summary 

PCUSA NEWS Taking a deep dive into structural racism During Black History Month, Bending the Moral Arc leaders will share how their lives have changed.

POSTER – Environmental Racism https://www.presbyterianmission.org/wp-content/uploads/PHP-Poster-Environmental-Racism.pdf

PEVA Prayer Walk for Racial Justice and Healing was held on September 18, 2021, 10:00 am, at Fort Monroe! Sponsored by the Racial Dialogue Ministry Team, a subcommittee of the Presbytery's Compassion, Peace, and Justice Ministry Team

King's Grant Presbyterian Church stutied the Sermons & Writings of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. June 27th - July 25th for conversation, learning and engagement with ways the Dr. King connected faith and the struggle for justice. 

The Presbytery Council is reading and discussing the book White Too Long - The Legacy of White Supremacy in American Christianity by Robert P. Jones.

Denbigh United Presbyterian Church completed a book study Be the Bridge - Pursuing God's Heart for Racial Reconciliation by Latasha Morrison 

First Presbyterian Church (Norfolk) held a Zoom discussion of the book Is Christianity the White Man's Religion? How the Bible Is Good News for People of Color by Dr. Antipas Harris.

King's Grant Presbyterian Church is having a Matthew 25 Movie & Discussion Series in 2021 to explore movies that embrace the Matthew 25 Initiative.

Williamsburg Presbyterian Church  is formed a new group in their congregation that meets monthly to discuss racial equity.

RACIAL JUSTICE & ANTIRACISM RESOURCES

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The resources listed below can be useful for Sunday school classes and other small groups that are interested in studying and discussing racism, racial justice, and anti racism work. The resources are also helpful for individuals who are open to new thinking about race in America. Please share with PEVA's Racial Dialogue Team anything you’ve found about racial issues that provokes thought, discussion, and action.  

 

 PCUSA - Racial Justice Resources

 

Mathew 25 PC(USA) Resources 

 

The Rev. Dr. J. Herbert Nelson, Stated Clerk of the Presbyterian Church (USA),remembers recent victims of racial violence.

Statement from the Rev. Dr. Brian K. Blount (President, Union Presbyterian Seminary) on the Death of George Floyd.

George Floyd Is My Brother - Jill Duffield (Editor, Presbyterian Outlook)

 

16 DAY RACE EQUITY CHALLENGE

The Racial Dialogue team of Peacemaking has been meeting at a recent  evening meeting, attendees agreed to try Myers Park (Charlotte, NC ) PC’s 21 day race equity challenge. After checking in with each other to share what resonated, the team developed a 16 day Race Equity Challenge. This challenge is inspired by Myers Park’s challenge and the PCUSA’s Matthew 25 racial justice challenge;  it includes local voices and the 224th GA’s Recommendation “Responding to the Sin of Racism and a Call to Action”.  In response to the sin of racism, the team encourages all to do the challenge, either individually or with a partner. 

SIGN UP FOR THE CHALLENGE

CLICK HERE FOR DAILY ASSIGNMENTS FOR THE 16 DAY CHALLENGE

(updated 9/15/2020)

 

WEBINAR REPLAY

Webinar host, Kerry Connell, is a certified coach, speaker and the author of “Good White Racist? Confronting Your Role in Racial Injustice” and “Pause: Making Time to Walk with God.”