TPPC Racial Justice and Peace Page

The front entrance of the Takoma Park Presbyterian Church with Blank Lives Matter banner 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 TPPC Racial Justice Ministry is now meeting on the first Thursday and the fourth Wednesday of the month, and 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.

Facing Racism

Please join the Racial Justice Ministry for an exciting new six part study session from PCUSA -- Facing Racism -- begins Sunday, January 29th and continues through March 5th. It will be held from 9:00-10:30 AM in the parlor.

This series of six antiracism study guides appropriate for adults and teens is based on topics and concepts covered in the Presbyterian church-wide antiracism policy "Facing Racism: A Vision of the Intercultural Community." The topics include: Biblical Imperatives to Antiracism, Envisioning a New Way of Life Together, PC(USA) and Racial Reconciliation, Racism 101, Enduring Legacy of Racism in the U.S., and Responding as a Community of Faith.

This churchwide antiracism study series will enhance what you have learned if you have participated in the intensive racial justice training or as a stand alone.

Study guides are available at http://www.pcusa.org/racialjustice (Presbyterian Mission Agency's Racial Justice web site). Whether you can attend or not you are encouraged to follow along with the study.

TPPC'a Racial Justice Ministry

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

Resolution of Committed Racial Mindfulness

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.

Ecumenical Advocacy Days 2017

Join us in Washington DC for Ecumenical Advocacy Days 2017: Confronting Chaos, Forging Community from April 21-24, 2017 to grapple with the intersectionality of racism, materialism, and militarism, and learn more about the impact they have around the world, in our communities, and in our own lives.

More information at: http://advocacydays.org.

Workshops on Theology, Racism and Christian Practice at St. Mark Presbyterian Church

All are invited to a series of workshops on Theology, Racism and Christian Practice with the goal of faith in action, at St. Mark Presbyterian Church, Rockville.

The first session on The Origin of Race is scheduled for February 10-11. On Friday at 7p.m. Dr. Willie Jennings of Yale University will make a presentation, followed by a question and answer session. Saturday morning there will be a Panel Discussion with Dr. Willie Jennings, Dr. Paul Roberts and The Rev. Denise Anderson on: "How shall we respond?"

On Thursday March 30, 7p.m. Dr. James Cone, author of The Cross and the Lynching Tree, will be making a presentation followed by a question and answer session.

The cost is $25 per person to attend each session. Discount registration for both events: $40, (includes catered reception). To register go to: http://pushpay.com/pay/theologyracismchristianityevent.

Hard Conversations

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."

The next session of this course runs from September 12 through October 10, 2016, and costs $25.

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.