TPPC Committed Racial Mindfulness Ministry

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 Committed Racial Mindfullness Ministry which deals with ongoing issues of racism and white priviledge in our society. The Committed Racial Mindfullness Ministry holds special discussions and Sunday School classes on a periodic basis. You are warmly invited to join in the group's discussions. Please see the church calendar for upcoming events.

The TPPC Committed Racial Mindfullness 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 Committed Racial Mindfulness Ministry can be accessed here.

More about TPPC's Resolution of Committed Racial Mindfulness (PDF, May 2015) be found here.

Committed Racial Mindfulness Workshop Offered

The next Committed Racial Mindfulness Workshop is being offered twice:

The workshop will focus on experiences and reflections on how to strengthen our practice of Committed Racial Mindfulness in our lives and relationships.

The same workshop will be offered twice to accommodate those who are not available on either day.

2019 Ecumenical Advocacy Days Are Coming

The 2019 Ecumenical Advocacy Days for Global Peace and Justice will be held from April 5th to April 8th at the DoubleTree Hotel in Crystal City, VA.

The theme of the conference is Troubling the Waters for the Healing of the World #GoodTrouble. A schedule of events can be found at https://advocacydays.org/2019-troubling-the-waters/schedule/

Those interested can register for the confernce at https://advocacydays.org/2019-troubling-the-waters/registration/. Scholarships are available for young people at https://advocacydays.org/2019-troubling-the-waters/scholarship-application-form/; scholarship applications are due Feburary 15.

For more information contact swac@takomaparkpc.org

Compassion, Peace and Justice Training Day

Compassion, Peace and Justice (CPJ) Training Day will usher in 2019's Ecumenical Advocacy Weekend but also can be attended as a stand-alone event. It will be held Friday April 5 at New York Avenue Presbyterian Church in Washington, D.C.

For more information and background on CPT, access the Advocacy Training Weekend website. A flyer is also available on the site. Scholarships are available.

TPPC'a Committed Racial Mindfullness 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.

Our Denomination's Vision on Racial Justice

Please read this denomination wide statement that is guiding the PCUSA's anti-racism efforts: "Facing Racism: A Vision of the Intercultural Community," approval by the General Assembly (2016): www.pcusa.org/site_media/media/uploads/racialjustice/new_2016_antiracism_policy.pdf.

Also, PCUSA leadership responds to the shootings in Dallas and the police killings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile.

PCUSA's more recent efforts to promote racial justice can be found at https://www.presbyterianmission.org/what-we-do/racial-equity/.