What now? Resources for dismantling racism
Since the protests in Charlottesville and our times of prayer over the last 2 Sundays… what now? Publicly naming the reality of racism active in our culture is one thing. But what can we do to move our prayers into actions that fight to change the way things are?
I’m grateful we’ve been working through next steps for a while at Knox, however, we have ample room to grow. Earlier this year Ashlee reached out to Bernadette Arthurs, Race Relations Coordinator for the Christian Reform Church for a recommended list of resources for awareness and action against racism. Some of her suggestions are below, along with a few others we’ve found to help us take next steps to shape the world around us in such a way that reflects “how true it is that God does not show favouritism but accepts from every nation the one who fears him and does what is right” and that “in Christ Jesus [we] are all children of God through faith” no matter your cultural heritage or skin colour.
Mark your calendars for Saturday, October 28 – our next Formation Day – when Arthurs will be among our workshop leaders to learn from.
We’re so grateful to know there are a number of people in our fellowship asking questions about what we will do now and many in our facebook circles have been posting helpful resources and reflections, too. If you’re making any specific plans or have read any other resources you’ve found helpful, please feel free to share those in the comments on facebook.
Let us be a church that knows the breadth of it’s privilege and the power Christ has given us to dismantle walls of injustice inside and out.
TIPS FOR YOUR NEXT STEPS
Beginning with Unity and Relationship, Latasha Morrison: http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2017/august-web-only/for-latasha-morrison-unity-begins-with-relationship.html
A quick secular video with tips on becoming an ally (please watch out for some offensive language in the comments below the video.). I appreciated most Chescaleigh’s words about intent vs. impact — something I’ve been working on for a while with cross cultural ministry. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_dg86g-QlM0
Understanding privilege: there are a number of videos out there that capture participants in this increasingly popular group exercise to help us understand the privileges we have: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F2hvibGdg4w
FOR STUDENTS & U of T STAFF
The Blanket Exercise.- If you’re around U of T St. George Campus, consider signing up for this workshop in order to help you understand the shared history of Indigenous and non-Indigenous people in Canada. https://www.facebook.com/events/231549330702898/ or read more about it here https://www.utoronto.ca/news/why-blanket-exercises-are-experiencing-resurgence-and-u-t-forefront
FOR FAMILIES WITH YOUNG CHILDREN
FROM BERNADETTE ARTHURS
Office of Social Justice (OSJ), CRCNA (Canadian and US based resources and initiatives) http://justice.crcna.org/ (OSJ also has a blog called Do Justice that has great blogs on Canadian and US issues.)
Canadian Aboriginal Ministries Canada, CRCNA (esp. check out the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women one month prayer guide) https://aboriginalministry.wordpress.com/
Office of Race Relations Canada, CRCNA
Arthurs provides Widening the Circle workshops to churches which is an introduction to racism and biblical racial reconciliation in Canada. She also coaches and walks alongside white allies who are interested in facilitating and holding space for white persons to speak about white privilege and the other causes and effects of racism on White Canadians.
Colour Code is a great podcast put out by the Globe and Mail
A huge racial justice issue is migrant workers. Here’s an organization that advocates surrounding the rights of migrant workers. http://www.migrantworkersalliance.org/
Canadian Ecumenical Anti-Racism Network (CEARN) of which I’m a part of has excellent resources for churches. https://www.councilofchurches.ca/social-justice/undoing-racism/
The Canadian Churches Forum has a great newsletter, resources and a 5 day training called Deepening Understanding for Intercultural Ministry. Get the newsletter and peruse their programs here: http://www.ccforum.ca/newsletter