TPPC has had a Peacemaking Committee that advocates for peace within our congregation, demonination and world, as well as a project to promote committed racial mindfulness in our church and community.
Currently, there is a Racial Justice Ministry which deals with ongoing issues of racism and white priviledge in our society. You are warmly invited to join in the group's discussions. The Racial Justice Ministry holds special discussions and Sunday School classes on a periodic basis. Please see the church calendar for upcoming events.
The TPPC Racial Justice Ministry is featured in an NCP Mission Highlights Video at http://www.thepresbytery.org/mission-highlights/Mission-Highlights-Videos (the video itself can be viewed at https://youtu.be/x4h_-kHNiHs).
More about our Racial Justice Ministry can be accessed here.
More about TPPC's Resolution of Committed Racial Mindfulness (PDF, May 2015) can be found here.
Racism is historically and powerfully embedded in our society. It is entrenched in our institutions, systems, interactions and mentalities. Historic and ongoing racism continue to justify and perpetuate inequality.
Racism is contrary to the Will of God and the Teachings of Jesus.
Racism is subversive to Christian faith and divisive in the Church.
We are called by Jesus to promote compassion, peace and social justice, to actively witness against discrimination, suffering, pain and injustices. We believe that we can help shape a future to overcome racism.
The Guiding Principles of the Racial Justice Ministry are:
TPPC has taken a stand on racism by:
We believe the Church is called by God to be a witness to love, justice, peace and to walk humbly. We are committed to address racial injustice.
We invite you to attend our meetings and events
A Resolution of Committed Racial Mindfulness was adopted by our Session at its May meeting. The resolution grew out of discussions by a small group of TPPC members and friends who have been meeting to discuss how our church can respond to pervasive racism in our country. Our concerns were sparked by recent killings of African American men by law enforcement officers in Ferguson, New York, Cleveland, Baltimore, and elsewhere. These matters reflect how deeply white privilege and racial prejudice is embedded in our society and communities.
To read the resolution, access 2015-05_TPPC_Resolution_of_Committed_Racial_Mindfulness.pdf (PDF).
The resolution commits our church to undertake a program of "committed racial mindfulness" to raise our knowledge and understanding about racism and its effects, heighten our commitment and capability to oppose racism, and make us more effective messengers of conscientious racial mindfulness in our communities. The centerpiece of the Resolution is a commitment to develop and implement a program for training in committed racial mindfulness. The program would start by training leaders in our congregation and other churches, and then widen to include other members of our congregation, other congregations, and community groups.
All generations, all races and ethnicities are invited to join us for our Intergenerational dialogue.
Where: Westminster Presbyterian Church, 400 I Street SW Washington DC 20024
We are indeed living in interesting times. Our multiple generations and our socio-economic divisions have different interpretations and experiences of race and class. It is also clear that all of us are in some respects blinded by the systemic and structural nature of white supremacy and its racist and classist shadow. We cannot effectively overcome with division and misunderstanding, and it is imperative that we carve a way forward together-- looking back for clues and moving forward fully informed.
Please join us in this important conversation! All are welcome. RSVP on the Faith and Racial Mindfulness MeetUp:
The Racial Justice Ministry encourages participation in an online course that some of us have taken and highly recommend -- "Hard Conversations – an Introduction to Racism, Unconscious Racism, and Silent Racism."
Check http://www.37days.com/racism/. Please let us know if you sign up for this course, so we can see whether it is possible to have some group discussions within our church.
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