Racial Justice Discussion Groups - 2022

At the center of the Civil Rights struggle was the conviction that all human beings are created equal, and that equality begins with rights of free speech and the power of the vote.  Yet even now, a full half century later, the forces of systemic racism and white supremacy are again doing everything in their power to block, frustrate, deny, and suppress the ability of Americans of color to vote.  This, of course, is just one issue illustrating the need for people of faith to lift their voices and march with their feet and to be a small part of sharing God's light in the world.

     Talking openly about race in America has never been easy, but until we do, we cannot begin to fathom what it means for Americans of color to live in racism's shadow or any meaningful understanding of our role in casting that shadow.  This is why we on the Racial Justice Action Group have put forth a motion recommending that South Church become a Racial Justice Church of the UCC.  

 

Our first round of discussions are complete. If you would like to review the subjects we discussed, we suggest you view the following resources:​

Step 1. Introduction to "Systemic Racism" and "White Privilege"

What do these terms mean? Do they apply to me? Why should I care? What do I need to learn?

 

 

 

 

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The murder of George Floyd in early June was a tipping point in the 400-year struggle of African Americans to break free from white oppression, racism and institutionalized violence against black bodies.  People the world over have protested in the streets, and a time of systemic change is upon us. 

To learn more, we share with you the following resources:

  • Faith and Justice Cafe  (a virtual exchange where we can share ideas, inspiration, experiences, reflections, photos and videos pertaining to racial justice.)

  • Books for Young Adults and Children

  • A Letter from Aleta Payne to My White Sisters in Christ

  • How South Church Can Become a Racial Justice Church

       (A curriculum from the NH Conference of the UCC)