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.
Read the Church Council’s June 5, 2020 statement on racial justice.
Book Study in July “I’m Still Here” by Austin Channing Brown
Pastor Sarah will lead a book study on the five Wednesdays in July, 7-8:15, via zoom. From the book jacket: “I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness is an eye-opening account of growing up black, Christian, and female amid white America’s expressed love affair with “diversity.” “
The book is hard to get right now, but there’s an e-version and a kindle version available. Your local bookstore can order a copy for you. If you need help ordering the book or paying for it, please let Kris know at email@example.com.
Please register for the book study so we know how many to expect. Pastor Sarah will let you know which pages to focus on each week.
During this time of crisis, we are called, as people of God, to listen and to learn from our siblings in Christ of Black/African American/African/Hispanic descent.
The Metro D.C. Synod Racial Equity Team is providing an opportunity for people of all ethnicities, especially white allies, to attend a new Racial Equity series of listening sessions over the next six weeks. Click here to register for the series or watch live on Facebook or Youtube.
- Sessions will be held on July 2, July 16, and July 30.
Small Group Study on Race and White Privilege
Peace’s first Troubling the Waters group has been meeting since December, 2019. They are a group committed to self-reflection and awareness around issues of race and, in particular, the reality of white privilege. Described as a journey from privilege to partnership, this initiative seeks to invite people to “look forward to being transformed by the Spirit from persons of privilege to partner in building not only a more inclusive and multicultural church, but also a more just world.” Participants from the current group will give testimonies during worship in June and early July 2020.
If you are interested in being part of the next group, please email Nadia Fitzcharles (firstname.lastname@example.org) to find out more.