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Anti-Racism Resources

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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
      • Read more here…

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 virtual 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. Links to these chats are found in our weekly bulletin.
      • April 11— Bette Felton & Barb DeBarger
      • April 25— TBD
  • Book Study Group–March 2021
    Join us in reading and reflecting on the book, Dear Church: A Love Letter from A Black Preacher to the Whitest Denomination in the US, by Lenny Duncan. We will gather virtually in four sessions, the first to give an overview of the book and co-create a covenant to guide how we will engage with each other, and the following three sessions to discuss each of the three parts of the book. We ask that those who decide to take part in this book study, to commit to attending all four sessions, and commit to reading the chosen section prior to attending each session so we can all engage in the discussion. For more information on joining our book study, please click here.
  • Anti-Racism Learning Series–Begins March 21, 2020
    Our DCC Anti-Racism Learning Series will be bi-monthly events throughout 2021 in which we discuss and reflect on various topics delivered through a variety of media (articles/podcasts/videos/speakers) as a way of learning together about different elements of anti-racism. Each of these sessions will be stand alone, so you are welcome to join whichever and however many sessions you choose. Please join us on Sunday, March 21 from 11am to 12:30pm for our first session, which will include a quick orientation, then time for participants to help co-create our curriculum. During this session our goal is to hear from you about the media through which you learn best (audio, video, written) and specific topics you have wanted support in learning more about.

Anti-Racism Community Resources

Upcoming Community Events [New]

Anti Racism Resources

The following is a list of resources you can access to engage in anti-racism work.

Information on Reparations [New]

The focus of the Arlington Community Church Lenten study shared in March was on the historical and theological significance of the word “reparations.” Dr. Sam Klug, Rev. Nate Klug’s brother and a history professor specializing in African-American history guides participants through some of the arguments around the idea of reparations for Black Americans, from James Forman’s 1969 manifesto at Riverside Church to more current calls by Ta-Nehisi Coates and Keeanga-Yamhatta Taylor . This session presents an opportunity to learn more about some of the arguments for and against reparations, and to deepen your own perspective on this issue. You can watch here . Other information on reparations is below:

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If you would like to suggest additions to these lists, please email us.