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Anti-Racism Resources

 

Danville Congregational Church Anti-Racism Resources

  • Danville Congregational Church Anti-Racism Team
    • While racism is a lived reality for people of color, the murder of George Floyd on May 25, 2020 in Minneapolis awoke many white communities across the U.S. to a simple truth. Racism is still foundational for our country and the institutions we rely on and work for. Members of our church community have felt compelled to acknowledge and challenge racism in our communities. In response, an anti-racist team has formed at DCC to examine the role of racism in shaping our society and culture, and how we can promote a response that will expel it altogether. This self-chosen team consists of DCC members Bill Armstrong, Laura Beaver, Kristin Chambers, Deborah Daily, Barbara DeBarger, Bette Felton, Doug Leich, Mary Kay McClure, Robin Taylor, and Fiona Klassen. This fall, the team created a mission statement that will serve as a guide moving forward­:
    • We, the DCC Anti-Racism Team, are congregation members committed to:
      •  Understanding white supremacy and intersecting systems of oppression
      • Learning about what it takes to be anti-racist
      • Guiding, supporting, and inspiring members of the congregation to take part in anti-racism work
    • The objective of this team is to interrupt, disrupt, and dismantle racism in ourselves and across our broader community. We commit to individually and collectively follow a life-long journey of transformation. We recognize that everyone is at different stages in their understanding of racism and some may be unsure about how to participate in this anti-racism work. Just know that we welcome all members of our congregation to take part in this work, no matter where you are in this journey, and are considering ways to invite you to join us in this effort. All it takes is the belief that racism needs to be challenged and dismantled. During our first meeting in July 2020, we agreed to meet bi-weekly and pledged to further our learning about racism and white supremacy, to be vulnerable with each other, and to learn from our mistakes. Some ideas under consideration include:
      • Discussions groups based upon materials involving racism
      • Workshops to learn about upcoming ballot issues, candidates and positions
      • Exhibiting anti-racist values when casting votes
      • Hosting educators on effective communication and how to challenge racism in different communities
    • If you have questions about our work or ideas you want to share with the team, please contact fiona.p.klassen@gmail.com
  • DCC Anti-Racism Team Activities
    • Second Hour Coffee Chats
      • The DCC Anti-Racism Team invites you all to join us during second hour on selected Sundays from 11:00am to Noon for a series of events we are calling Coffee Chats. These will be informal spaces for dialogue with some members of the team where we welcome you to bring your questions and reflections on anti-racism work. We envision this to be a time to learn from each other, and if desired, brainstorm ways to find answers to the questions we bring forth to the discussion. Feel free to join whichever (or however many) session(s) you are available for. There will be different team members present each week.
      • January 24 — Doug Leich & Mary Kay McClure
      • February 7— Kristin Chambers & Bill Armstrong
      • February 21—TBD
    • Anti-Racism Learning Series
      • Join us in engaging in monthly events in which we discuss and reflect on different articles/podcasts/videos/speakers as a way of learning together about many different topics in anti-racism. Each of these sessions will be stand alone, so you are welcome to join whichever and however many sessions you choose. Our first meeting will be an orientation to co-create our curriculum for this series. Please come with your ideas of what you want to learn about!
      • Preparation:
      • We will send out the learning materials in advance of each session. We request that those who plan to attend sessions come prepared having engaged with the materials before each discussion.
      • Schedule: TBD
      • Zoom link:  Will be created for each event and sent out monthly with the preparatory materials.

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Anti Racism Resources

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