Race and racism have been part of Old First’s history since colonial times. Learning the details has unsettled us. We can identify times and circumstances in our history where systemic racism is indisputably present. We recognize that we need to be aware of the impact of learning of these events on both individual members and the congregation as a whole. This is our history. It is who we are. Now that we know about it, what must we do?
In this 90-minute program on June 10, Naomi Washington Leapheart will lead us in exploring how this congregation has and is manifesting systemic racism and help us learn how to recognize and address racist conduct when we see it, in the past and in the present. We need to find a voice, as individuals and as a congregation, in resisting and being an agent of transformation in a world where racism is not acceptable. What would be involved in being an Antiracist congregation? What steps can we take to bring real change in the systems that oppress and exclude people of color from participation as first class members of our society.
Please join us in dialogue, as we seek to live out our call to be an Anti-Racist Congregation in all aspects of our congregational life, including Worship, Christian Education, Congregational Life, Administration and Outreach. We are aware that our work will require additional budgetary support, so we want you to learn about our plans and contribute your perspectives to the discussion.