Christ Church, Presbyterian as of May 31, 2021
Laura asked how we experienced being born again in our racial justice journey? Was there a moment when you were transformed?
Ann Owen says there was not a moment, it has been a journey for her. CCP readings and observing society have gradually changed her. She is reading Between the World and Me by Tanasi Coates and she is getting a better understanding about what black men go through. For instance, the bravado they show is a result of fear and it can have a positive or negative impact on their lives.
Sue said one of her greatest influences was reading Me and White Supremacy with CCP. It made her realize that she is complicit in white supremacy because she benefits from it.
Elinore was awed by a list of racial justice events that happened in the year since George Floyd’s death. https://www.nytimes.com/2021/05/25/us/george-floyd-protests-unrest-events-timeline.html?smid=em-share
Paul Jordan identifies with the deep frustration and sadness about how to deal with racism. His daughter-in-law and grandson are bi-racial, and he is glad he can have honest discussions with them. He is also surprised by Latinos who identify with Trump.
Ann Rathbone read books about racism with 4th graders, and she was encouraged by the consciousness of the children. Also, her black granddaughter went on a Black Lives Matter trip and, although she enjoyed the trip, there were moments when she saw confederate flags and felt unsafe.
Sue read an article about limiting the teaching of Critical Race Theory and 1619 and it made her angry because she would have benefited from learning about systemic racism earlier in her life.
Elinore talked about a VIA course called What is the Work of Being Anti-Racist in 2021? It will be led by Rev. Marjorie MacNeill and Rev. Leigh McCaffrey. Details can be found on the VIA website, viavt.org/
CCP has held monthly Racial Justice discussions since June 2020. If you would like to read a brief summary of previous meetings, please click here.
“How the White Press Wrote Off Black America” by Brent Staples (New York Times Opinion essay, Sunday Review, July 11)
Each month, CCP congregants read new books and articles, and if they think they will benefit others in the congregation, they talk about them at our monthly discussions. Please click on the links below to see what we have read and encourage others to read.
Each month, CCP congregants watch movies, television shows, TED talks, YouTube Talks and Website shows. If they think what they watched will benefit others in the congregation, they talk about them at our monthly discussions. Please click on the links below to see what we have watched and encourage others to watch.
Each month, CCP congregants listen to podcasts and music and if they think what they watched will benefit others in the congregation, they talk about them at our monthly discussions. Please click on the links below to see what we have heard and encourage others to listen to.
As time has gone by, we have increasing opportunities to support our BIPOC neighbors in Vermont, and our monthly discussions are a good way to share them. Please click on the links below to see how members of our congregation have been involved in racial justice actions and how the Presbyterian Church has been involved.