Racial Justice Resources

POST-WORSHIP CONVERSATIONS: Developing a Common Vocabulary for Racial Justice

Since early July we have been holding a congregation-wide conversation immediately following our weekly worship service. You’ll find a listing below of resources that have been shared Sunday-by-Sunday.

WEEK 1 – 7/12/20

Race in America by Phil Vescher, a Holy Post video

WEEK 2 – 7/19/20

Black Parents Explain How to Deal with the Police, a video by Cut

WEEK 3 – 7/26/20

Brené Brown: The Power of Vulnerability (TedTalk, 20 minutes)

WEEK 4 – 8/2/20

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: The Danger of a Single Story (TedTalk, 18 minutes)

Guidelines for Structured Conversation

It may be that some serious conversations may benefit from a structure which facilitate diverse points of view cooperating in mutual space. This is the list we are working with for post worship discussion. Feedback is welcomed.

  1. No one knows everything; together we know a lot – Recognize every partner is invaluable to this work and respect one another.
  2. Move Up, Move Up – If you’re someone who tends not to speak, please move up into a role of speaking more. If you are someone who tends to speak a lot, please move up to a role of listening more.
  3. Embrace Curiosity – We make better decisions when we approach our problems and challenges with questions and curiosity.
  4. Acknowledge the Difference Between Intent and Impact – Do the work to acknowledge that our intent and the impact of our words are two different things and take the responsibility for any negative impact we have.
  5. Be Here Now – Be present and committed to co-creating high-quality work. Turn on your video, if possible. Eliminate other distractions.
  6. Speak from your own experience. Use “I” statements. Resist attempting to “convince” others.
  7. Expect unfinished business & conversations. Expect to experience discomfort and unexpected joy.

The below list of resources is being compiled for your consideration. You are invited to add resources by sending them to the pastor or the church office. We are proceeding carefully, and at the same time, the inclusion of something on this list does not mean it is 1) current – because this is an extremely fluid situation, or 2) deeply vetted and endorsed by PPUMC.

Opportunities to Rebuild

Opportunities to Learn

Learn about language used in conversations about racial equity:

Documentaries & Videos:

  • Love Them First: Lessons from Lucy Laney Elementary
  • Let’s Talk About Race in America, by Phil Vischer
    This 17-minute video presents a clear, straightforward overview of the construction of systemic racism in America, concluding with a powerful call-to-action for all. It’s 17-minutes that could change your life.
  • Jim Crow of the North (TPT Originals)
    Roots of racial disparities are seen through a new lens in this film that explores the origins of housing segregation in the Minneapolis area. But the story also illustrates how African-American families and leaders resisted this insidious practice, and how Black people built community — within and despite — the red lines that these restrictive covenants created.
  • There is a Time for Silence
    This video was created as part of the Columbus Mennonite Church “Worship in Place” service from June 14, 2020. Worshiping during a time of pandemic has allowed us to explore creative ways to offer our gifts as we process the events of our world. The Black Lives Matter protests in Columbus, OH and the incredible street art painted over the boarded up businesses downtown provides a reflective backdrop to the moving words and music of this song.

Other Education Resources: