Faithful Allies Address Racism Juneteenth (June 19)

Faithful Allies Addressing Racism: Juneteenth (June 19) 2020 on Zoom

Facilitator: Pastor Rachel Srubas Report by Therese M. Griffin

On June 19th Mounatin Shadows presbyterian Chruch congregants had a prayerful morning, listening to our Lord, and each other.

They read articles and a poem by MSPC Church member, Barbara Gray. They reflected and shared as they discerned: how is God calling us to respond to systemic racism and dismantle white privilege?

How could I have white privilege? I once worked in a factory. Oh, I had the opportunity of saying, "Twenty-one, white, and free." As a young adult, I was naive because I thought anyone could say that, simply adding their own skin tone to the statement. Not true. I had no idea that the term “white privilege” refers to the unearned advantages that are enjoyed by some of us at the expense of others.

Our Reflective Questions included these:

Are you being called to organize the next steps to dismantle white supremacy?
Are you being called to join an organized antiracist effort?
What had your faith got to do with the next steps you'll take?
What has your church got to do with it?

Top Row: Rachel Srubas, Therese Griffin, Charmaine Piane Dame, Barbara Gray, Madeline Bosma
2nd Row: Jayne Raffety, Elizabeth Houle, Dennis Nelson, Denise Edwards, Mary Ann Bulter
3rd Row: Laura Carey, Kathy Moyer, Ginny & Harvey Durand, Dorothy Grimm, Karen Thomas
4th Row: Suzie Phelps, Joy Lewis & Chuck Sherman, Shirin McArthur, Jospeh Panessidi, Nan Nasser