Facing Racism Through the Lens of Faith
At Potomac Presbyterian Church we live out our call of, Caring for ALL with Faith, Hope & Love.
One way we will do this as a congregation in 2020-2021 is to face racism through the lens of faith using the resources we have in a multi-pronged approach. Some of the prongs may include:
- Invite an online speaker who will provide a general overview of racism in the US, as well as baseline definitions (perhaps the Berger Memorial Lecture);
- Seminar/lecture/education series on Race and Its Impact on Life in America focusing on social, political, economic, religious, educational, housing and military history;
- Book groups - we will identify one book on race that our three standing book groups may read and discuss. Offer to include the Congregation at large as well. Continue to offer book selections and a web based informational/resource page as tools for the congregation who seek to study further. Click here for more information on book groups;
- Offer small discussion groups - invite small group conversations to elicit open and honest conversation in a "safe" setting with trained facilitators. Allow for anonymous questions and opportunities to share one's story.
- Reach out to the Scotland Church on Seven locks Road that was flooded July 2019 to see about ways to help/partner/learn about and from the community that was affected there.
- Investigate and look into what it involves to become a Matthew 25 Church through the PC(USA) and/or tap into the resources provided through the denomination
It is our hope that the members of Potomac Presbyterian Church will find some entry point to engage in conversations concerning justice and racial healing. We recognize that this will prompt uncomfortable conversations, but we seek to pursue honest relationships with one
another and Christ as we gather with open hearts and minds. Our goal is to discern what God would have us learn and do at this moment when the church is being called to lead the way toward justice and racial healing.
Leadership Team: Gayle Goff, Brad McAuliffe, Susan Pereles