Tuesday, June 16 at 1 p.m. or 6:30 p.m.
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In preparation for this conversation, here are some things to remember:
- Race is a human construct that doesn’t exist. It is a lie. It was used to create a hierarchy to justify (slave holder religion/doctrine of discovery) some of the worst human actions in history including: 300 years of American slavery, and genocide of native peoples; 100 years of apartheid, and legal segregation; and the ongoing violation of the imago dei in persons of color.
- Racism is the fruit of this narrative. It denies the imago dei, the image of God in every single person. It supports the degradation, humiliation and death of persons of color, while protecting white privilege—impunity.
- We all have prejudice. We are not focusing on our personal flaws or seeking absolution for our guilt. (Though there is a great need for Lamentation, Repentance, Reparations and Forgiveness.) We will be talking about the systems that continue to inflict pain on persons of color. For example, why is the mortality gap in Chicago between whites and blacks + 9 years? or Why are the disproportionate number of deaths for Covid-19 among black and brown families? or Why Black people are 3x more likely to be killed by police, and 1.3x more likely to be unarmed compared to white people? What is it about our systems that makes this so?
- The pain of George Floyd’s execution on the streets of Minneapolis has traumatized people we love. Maybe even you.
- When we gather, we will not debate. There is no justification for the death of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor . . . . None. We will not be distracted. We will listen. We will keep our eyes on George Floyd and the systems that perpetuate injustice for more than 8 minutes and 46 seconds.
- David Anderson Hooker (Transformative Community Conferencing) tells us “People are not the problem, the problem is the problem.” Our conversation will focus on the problem and help us consider a new reality— a “Kin”dom reality— and, the steps we can take to support the arrival of that new reality—now.
- We will seek ways to move forward together. As our General Minister and President Rev. Terri Hord Owens said in her prayer this week, “The time is now, we won’t go back.”
Thank you for asking to have this conversation.
Rev. Dr. Teresa Dulyea-Parker
I recommend watching the documentary “Holy Hierarchy: The Religious Roots of Racism in America.” It is available on Amazon Prime or Amazon.com to rent for $2.99.
A book that is free in ebook— shttps://www.haymarketbooks.org/books/952-who-do-you-serve-who-do-you-protect “Killing the Future: The Theft of Back Life” by Nathan Powers
- General Minister and President Terri Hord Owens and Reconciliation Minister April Johnson(includes opportunity to sign renewed commitment)
- Associate General Minister and Administrative Secretary of the National Convocation Timothy James
- College of Regional Ministers
- National Pastor for Obra Hispana Lori Tapia
- Center for Indigenous Ministries
Web links to educational resources
- Acts of Reconciliation
- Reconciliation Ministry
- Resources to Help Families Raise Anti-racist Pro-reconciling Children
- Police Brutality Statistics, Solutions and Proven Results
- Anti-Racism Resources
- Anti Racism Bibliography
- Equal Justice Initiative
- The National Museum of African-American History and Culture
- Wrestling with Whiteness Many thanks to Rev. Dr. Zachary Moon of Chicago Theological Seminary
- You can find the video recording of the webinar on our YouTube channel, here. While you’re there, we invite you to subscribe so you get notices of new videos we post. You have permission to use this presentation for additional education within your ministry context. If you do, we’d love to hear about it!
- Professor Moon’s presentation here.
- Several viewers requested a direct link to the brief MSNBC clip played near the end of the webinar. You can find that here.
- A Conversation on Race—George Floyd
- Join the Poor People’s Campaign Mass (digital) Meeting June 20
- See how other Disciples have responded
- Join the Disciples Public Presence Facebook group to connect with others
NBS Questions A list of questions.
Study Guide A study guide with questions.
A Service of Lament in Response to Racial KillingsTranscript of Rev. Barber’s Remarks on our last Prophetic Council CallTrump’s use of the Bible was obscene. He should try reading it. -Rev. Barberhttps://www.washingtonpost.
com/opinions/2020/06/02/ trumps-use-bible-was-obscene- he-should-try-reading-words- inside-it/You Only Get What You’re Organized to Take, -Rev. Liz TheoharisAmerica, Accepting Death is not an Option Anymore! -Rev. Barber’s sermon from the National Cathedralhttps://www.youtube.com/watch? list= PLdUpGm0fo4J5KX6SW5iiBOp4ZBw_ 7Masp&v=SioVKIPltq0&feature= emb_titleNational Interfaith Service of Eulogy and Remembrancehttps://www.youtube.com/watch? list=PLdUpGm0fo4J4_T_ qi1Ce900tokCYSlBcT&time_ continue=3&v=aj5_uGnsEto& feature=emb_logo
- William Barber, Forward Together
- Will Campbell, Brother to a Dragon Fly
- Elaine Robinson, Race and Theology
- Chris Crass, Towards the “Other America;” Antiracist Resources for White People
- Leah Gunning Francis, Ferguson and Faith: Sparking Leadership and Awakening Community (Chalice, 2015)
- Martin Luther King, Jr. Trumpet of Conscience (Beacon, reprint 2010)
- Ta-Nehisi Coates, Between the World and Me (Spiegel & Grau, 2015)
- Michelle Alexander, The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in An Age of Colorblindness (New Press, 2010)
- Jamala Rogers, Ferguson is America: Roots of Rebellion (self-published)
- Pamela R. Lightsey, Our Lives Matter: A Womanist Queer Theology (Pickwick, 2015)
- Elaine Scarry, Thinking in an Emergency (Norton, 2012 reprint edition)