The leadership of Peace Lutheran Church condemns the racism and inequity woven into our justice and economic systems, indeed our whole society. We believe black lives matter and we believe saying that statement without action is hollow. The question is before us all: what will we do now?
As a church, we always look first and foremost to the grace of Jesus as our source and guide.
The Holy Spirit is inviting us to look closer and see how each of us can be part of dismantling racism and white supremacy personally as well as in our institutions and governments, including the church.
We invite you to take part in the following actions as part of our church’s anti-racism work. If you have other ideas or would like to be part of our racial justice team, please email Nadia Fitzcharles.
Racial Justice Team Summer Book Study
This summer the Racial Justice Team will lead an in-person book study on “My Grandmother’s Hands” by Resmaa Menakem. The book study will meet three times over the summer and cover the book in three parts. The meeting dates are Wednesday, June 23, July 21, and August 18 at 7 pm. If you are interested in participating in this book study, please sign up here and start reading soon. This book not only covers topics on race but also has a number of body practice activities you will need to complete before the first meeting. During the first meeting, we will cover Part I of the book (pg ix-133).
The Racial Justice Team is also looking for one or more co-leads to help Sara Hiller facilitate the discussions during this book study. You do not have to attend all the book study meetings to be able to co-lead. Please talk to Sara or email Nadia (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you would like to help lead, have any questions, or need help purchasing the book.
Read the Church Council’s June 5, 2020 statement on racial justice.
Small Group Study on Race and White Privilege
The Troubling the Waters Study Group put together the songs and readings for our August 2, 2020 worship service. Download the bulletin here.
Support BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) Businesses
- Support Black-owned businesses in Alexandria: https://blog.visitalexandriava.com/black-owned-businesses/
- Check out these Black-owned businesses in different parts of Virginia: https://blog.virginia.org/2020/06/black-owned-restaurants/
- Here is a directory of Black-owned businesses in the DC area: http://www.dcblack.com/black-directory/
- Visit Immigrant Food in DC, a restaurant and social enterprise that works to connect people with food and causes relevant to many immigrant communities: https://immigrantfood.com/
To support former refugee and immigrant-centered organizations, check out these places:
Safartas– Catering for your next event. “SafarTas was founded in order to create new opportunities for refugees and immigrants in the DMV area. In addition, we want give the American community the opportunity to taste the authentic recipes that originate directly from Syria.”
- La Cocina VA – Support by donating. La Cocina offers culinary training, workforce development, and meal assistance in the community. According to their website, they offer the only bilingual culinary training program for low income residents in the metro DC area.
- Mozaic – Empowering former refugee women and children through social connection, vocational training, classes, and more. Support can be in the form of volunteering or donations.
These learning resources were compiled by our Troubling the Waters study group and will be updated periodically:
Books and Movies
“Just Mercy” by Bryan Stevenson (also a movie)
“The Hate You Give” by Angie Thomas (also a movie)
“White Fragility” by Robin DiAngelo
“The New Jim Crow” by Michelle Alexander
“There There” by Tommy Orange
“I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness” by Austin Channing Brown
Scene on Radio “Seeing White (Season 2),” Hosted by John Biewen
Hosted by Jason Flom
Season 1, Episode 1 and Season 9, Episode 1
If you have suggestions of things to add to this list, email Nadia.