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The Racial Equity Team grew as a result of a tremendous amount of work done in the congregation around racial awareness, anti-racism work, and anti-oppression work. It was the combination of the first committee formed - the Black Lives Matter Initiative, which accomplished putting up the Black Lives Matter banner in 2015 and brought in the Beloved Conversations curriculum. The Racial Equity Team has a mission:
To make visible systems of racism and
to create and follow pathways to substantive change.
Our goals include inquiry and action to address systemic inequities around criminal justice, the environment, wealth/income and housing; and identifying ways to integrate our work into all aspects of church life. We support the Beloved Conversations program and other educational efforts, recognizing the importance of hearing the voices of persons most affected by these issues. Our monthly meetings include time to discuss and process ways to interrupt race and racism as experienced in our lives and communities.
This group meets the Third Tuesday of the month to reflect on experiences with a racialized lens, to do role playing to help strengthen our ability to respond well in challenging situations, and to help lead the congregation in doing this important work. Contact Marian Honel-Wilson for more information.