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Fall Programming | Racial Justice: Conversations on Race

Three Sundays:  October 14, 21 & 28 @ 9:45 am 

A crucial step in dismantling racism in ourselves and in our society is examining what it means to be white in America.  Plymouth’s Racial Justice Ministry will lead a three-part class on understanding racism and the role whiteness plays in perpetuating injustice.

October 14 | Waking Up White

Our discussion will start from Debbie Irving’s book Waking Up White and Finding Myself in the Story of Race.  (Come even if you haven’t read it!)  The author faces up to fears and mistakes that had limited her personal and professional relationships with persons of color.  We’ll ask ourselves:  What does it mean to be white?  How do we learn to see what we don’t see?  What does our faith say about needing to “wake up”?

NOTE:  There’s an alternate chance to discuss Irving’s book at 7:00 pm on Thursday, Oct. 18.

October 21 | The “Invisible Knapsack” of White Privilege

A short “Primetime” video will help us see the privilege that is often invisible to whites.  How do everyday experiences differ for whites and persons of color?  Do whites pay a price for white privilege?  Can “privilege” be used to help achieve justice?

October 28 | The Power of Whiteness

Institutional racism is the way the differential benefits of white privilege get baked into laws, policies, procedures and everyday practices.  Recent news stories will help us see how it plays out in employment, housing, health care, education.  How can whites become effective allies in seeking God’s justice?

Please join us for these conversations!

Our Mission

We are Plymouth people who have come together in response to what we believe is God’s call to understand, address and dismantle racism in ourselves, and our society.  We plan to go about this in several ways.  We want to:

  • Provide opportunities and a safe environment at Plymouth where we can openly share thoughts and feelings, and ask questions about racism.

  • Educate ourselves about the history and continuing presence of personal and systemic racism.

  • Publicly advocate for racial justice in our society.

To generate this kind of learning and action, we will utilize book discussions, films, speakers, museum exhibits, prayer groups, partnerships with other organizations, and other modes yet to be determined. We are open to ideas and suggestions, and would welcome your participation in any aspect of this work.