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.
A Conversation among Neighbors: Talking about Racism and Racial Trauma, January 18, 6-7:30 pm ET
The Racial Justice Team at Peace invites all members and friends of Peace to a conversation and learning led by Carlton E. Green, Ph.D., a local, licensed psychologist who has worked with churches on race-related issues and has training in pastoral counseling. He is skilled at creating safe spaces for people to listen and understand one another.
Please register below with your name and email address in order to get the Zoom information for the event. To help cover the speaker fee, suggested offerings of $10-20 per person are welcomed and can be given through your online account or via check mailed to Peace with “Racial Justice Ministry” on the memo line.
We pray that this meaningful conversation will help further Peace’s commitment to racial justice and we hope that most of our congregation will attend. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions you might have. Thank you!
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.