In the Fall of 2020, our Community Minister for Racial Justice Carlyle Stewart hosted a series entitled “Call to Return: Spiritual Reflections on Racial Justice.” In those sessions, participants learned about the intersection between Christian theology and racial theories that have been very harmful throughout history. They learned that the call to “return” to the God of justice involves confronting not only the racism that has been perpetuated and, in some cases, condoned by the American Christian church, but also their own personal ideas, prejudices, and biases about race and white privilege.
In this “Call to Return Part 2” series, First Church will have the opportunity to recreate a holy space to learn about relationship building, mutual commitments, and relationships. Where do we go from here? Now that we understand the intersection between theology and race, we will explore practical steps through the model of Awareness, Relationships, and Commitment as a pathway to confronting racism in our communities. By exploring scripture, participants will realize that God’s vision for justice cannot be realized without the civic, social, and political engagement of believers, all of which are practical ways that they can live out their faith. This engagement must first be preceded by strong relationships and commitments shared between communities. We will explore the Biblical foundation for commitment and relationships. Those commitments give us the strength and drive to live out our faith publicly. In these sessions, members will be inspired to chart a new path forward as a faith community.
A Call To Return, Part 2 will meet on six Wednesday evenings, beginning September 22, 7:00 – 8:00 p.m., via Zoom. Please email Carlyle Stewart if you are interested in signing up!