ADOPTED AUGUST 19, 2020
The idea of “race” rationalized the concentration of power in the hands of those who were white. Consequently, people of color have had diminished access to goods such as housing, education, and jobs, while suffering greater exposure to risks, such as injustice, invisibility, and danger. More broadly, culture reinforces this false labeling in ways big and small, blinding us to gifts, causing deep hurt, and fracturing the beloved community.
Jesus stood with those of little power, elevated into ministry people overlooked by society, and embraced the full humanity of every person in His path. We challenge ourselves to do no less.
Therefore, we at Flossmoor Community Church will:
Learn about racism. Acknowledge and turn away from our part in it.
Replace old habits with new. Embrace discomfort. Be willing to err and try again.
Hold our own culture lightly; be open to authentic relationships with others.
Acknowledge what we have gained and lost by being an institution of privilege.
Question how our environment and practices exclude others. Modify to include.
Build a new identity inclusive of our full community – and, therefore, our full humanity.
Ending racism also requires that we act beyond our walls, because silence in the face of injustice is not an option. We will:
Support and engage with others working to end racism.
Become a haven for community discussion, relationship-building, and problem-solving. Dispute lovingly.
Invest with others where there has been disinvestment.
Learn about policies, structures and practices that unfairly impact non-dominant groups.
Learn about policies, structures and practices that might repair damage left by racism.
Equip ourselves to act individually, then do so.
Discern how and when we are called to act as a group, then do so.
We seek God’s guidance. We thank God for this opportunity to love each other as we are loved – unconditionally, fiercely, and tenderly. We will stumble and fall, but we will learn and rise again. May our children say that in this place God’s will was done on earth as it is in Heaven. Amen.
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Recommendations and Continued Learning
The team who brought you our all-congregation conversations about race this past year has compiled recommendations for summer reading and viewing to aid our continued learning. Ask yourself where you are on your anti-racism journey and which topic might spur your understanding, compassion or contribution to the work ahead.
Excerpts from The 1619 Project
Our discussion of August 18, 2019 issue of The New York Times Magazine called "The 1619 Project". This Project was created with the goal of re-examining the legacy of slavery in the United States and timed for the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the first Africans in Virginia.
The living artists, writers, and scholars who contributed to this magazine issue and the broader project received the primary focus and place of honor as our course teachers. We spent time to appreciate, in general, their broader life work, but also the courage and care they offered in wrestling with a particular topic or event of US Black history to make their individual contribution to the Project.
The course presentation, including links to further resources is available below, as well as link to the "1619 Project".
“Why Bring it Up?”
Raising Race Conscious Children
This session was an introduction to a parenting resource: a website called Raising Race Conscious Children. We discussed “Why Bring it Up? Pushing Back Against White Supremacy” in which a parent describes their process of using multiple daily interactions to help children start noticing how majority white culture is presented as the default culture.
"Slurs and Biased Language"
The article “Slurs and Biased Language” provides a list of open-ended questions that caregivers can use as discussion starters with children, and ideas of how anyone could respond when in the presence of slurs or biased language being used to target someone.
BOOKS WE RECOMMEND
from previous Adult Education discussions
Waking Up White: And Finding Myself in the Story of Race
by Debby Irving
Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson
So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
CITIZEN: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine (poetry)
Dear Church: A Love Letter from a Black Preacher to the Whitest Denomination in the US by Lenny Duncan
Born a Crime by Trevor Noah
How to be Anti-Racist by Ibram X. Kendi
White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
An American Marriage by Tayari Jones
The Known World by Edward P. Jones
Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward
Mudbound by Hillary Jordan
Hum if You Don’t Know the Words by Bianca Maria
The Woman Next Door by Yawande Omotoso
CURRENTLY BEING READ BY THE FCC GOVERING BOARD:
Jesus and the Disinherited by Howard Thurman
Reparations: A Christian Call for Repentance and Repair by Duke L. Kwon and Gregory Thompson