Dear friends –

What a blessed Lord’s Day together yesterday!  Thank you to ALL of you for engaging the text, especially in light of recent tragic events and the ongoing challenge of institutional racism and white privilege.  Reading the parable of the Good Samaritan helped focus my prayer:  Lord, help us to SEE who we don’t see, and to reach out in kindness and grace, and use our power for others as we walk the Jesus way.

Below are the articles that I mentioned that have helped open my eyes to institutional racism and white privilege.  You may not agree with everything here – that’s okay!  I share them with you as “think pieces” and as ways to continue to engage the conversation, and take action. 

I’ve added a few other items to the list as well that were in the background for me yesterday, too, informing my thoughts and ideas.

So thankful we are “in it together”!  May Jesus Christ be praised in all we think and say and do!

Grace and peace,

Pastor Heidi

 

White privilege and institutional racism


Some food for thought…and action…

 

John Metta, “I, Racist”

(some offensive language)

https://thsppl.com/i-racist-538512462265#.qyybl5p85   

Jona Olsson, “Detour Spotting for White Anti-racists”

http://www.culturalbridgestojustice.org/resources/written/detour

Jan Edmiston, Co-Moderator PC(USA), “My Name is Jan & I’m the White One”

Especially note recommended resources at the end of this blog post

https://achurchforstarvingartists.wordpress.com/2016/07/08/my-name-is-jan-im-the-white-one/

White Boy Privilege (8th grader poem)

(some offensive language)

http://ilpvideo.com/video/NzU5MDY

Debby Irving, Waking Up White (recommended by Jan Edmiston in blog listed above)

http://www.debbyirving.com/the-book/