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Racial Unity Resources

Read the Elders' Statement

June, 2020

We, the Elders of Trinity Church, stand united in denouncing the sins of racism and racial injustice. As believers, we are called to love our neighbors as ourselves; therefore, racism and prejudice should have no place in our lives as we seek to live in obedience to this command of our Lord Jesus Christ.

We renew our commitment to be attentive to the Spirit, praying for wisdom and discernment regarding positive steps of action to demonstrate Christ’s love, and to walk and work alongside our black and brown brothers and sisters to eliminate racial injustice. 

We renew our commitment to authentic relationships, particularly with our brothers and sisters of color, seeking to better understand the injustices they still encounter.

We renew our commitment to be active in our communities, working for truth and justice, treating others with dignity and respect, and extending Christ’s love to others in word and deed.

We renew our commitment to apprenticeship, seeking to challenge one another and holding each other accountable to work toward the dissolution of racial inequities in our communities, state, and nation.

We, the Elders of Trinity Church, recognize and acknowledge that all people are created in God’s image and should be valued and treated with dignity and respect. We acknowledge there are numerous other societal evils that can and should be addressed; however, in light of current events, we believe it is important to clearly renounce, and even repent of, the sins of partiality, prejudice, and racism in our own hearts, in the heart of our church, and in the heart of our nation.

We also remain committed to seeing people experience spiritual transformation through a divine encounter with Jesus Christ, recognizing only he can change hearts and effect real change in this and all other areas of life.

As your Elders, we invite and encourage you, Trinity Church, to stand with us. Thank you!

Learning Resources:

  • Interested in exploring what the Bible has to say about God’s heart for racial, ethnic and cultural diversity? DAI’s Culture, Ethnicity and Diversity course does just that, and is available for free through the DAI Institute: https://lnkd.in/dTD2anQ
  • National Museum of African American History and Culture Talking About Race amazing online resource: https://nmaahc.si.edu/learn/talking-about-race 
  • Race in America Phil Vischer’s 20-min video dealing with the historical roots involved in how we got to where we are today.  

Things to Read

Movies

  • Video: Racism and Corporate Evil: A White Guy’s Perspective by Tim Keller 
  • Just Mercy, the film about Bryan Stevenson and the Equal Justice Initiative is streaming for free through the end of June on YouTube, Google Play, and Amazon. 
  • Harriet, the film about Harriet Tubman’s life is available for rent via several sources including Amazon Prime, and Google 
  • The Hate U Give, the 2018 film based on the critically acclaimed novel by Angie Thomas involving the police shooting of a black teen. Available for free on YouTube, GooglePlay, and Amazon Prime. Consider watching the film in the morning and debriefing with some IJM friends over lunch. 
  • 13thA documentary in which scholars, activists, and politicians analyze the criminalization of African Americans and the U.S. prison boom. Available on Netflix. 

Series you can start watching Today and finish later this Month: 

  • Eyes on the Prize the excellent 1987 multi-part documentary series on the history of the Civil Rights movement from 1954-1985 is available for free here at facinghistory.org. (Requires setting up a free account) 
  • When They See Us Netflix miniseries about the Harlem teens falsely accused of a brutal attack in central park (the so-called Central Park Five)