Anti-Racism Focus aT First

Therefore, we recognize racism as sin and affirm the ultimate and temporal worth of all persons. We rejoice in the gifts that particular ethnic histories and cultures bring to our total life. We commit as the Church to move beyond symbolic expressions and representative models that do not challenge unjust systems of power and access.

We commend and encourage the self-awareness of all racial and ethnic groups and oppressed people that leads them to demand their just and equal rights as members of society. We assert the obligation of society and people within the society to implement compensatory programs that redress long-standing, systemic social deprivation of racial and ethnic persons. We further assert the right of historically underrepresented racial and ethnic persons to equal and equitable opportunities in employment and promotion; to education and training of the highest quality; to nondiscrimination in voting, access to public accommodations, and housing purchase or rental; to credit, financial loans, venture capital, and insurance policies; to positions of leadership and power in all elements of our life together; and to full participation in the Church and society. We support affirmative action as one method of addressing the inequalities and discriminatory practices within the Church and society.

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Total individual participants in an anti-racism opportunity at First from 2020-2021: 60. Isn't that great in the middle of a pandemic?!?? 

Here are the participation numbers broken down by individual opportunities:

  • So You Want To Talk About Race (September-November 2020): 19 members
  • Continuing the Conversation (January 2021): 24 members
  • Reel to Real Conversations About Racism (February 2021): 42 adults, (need numbers from Sonrisa)
  • 21 Day Racial Equity Challenge (March 2021 collaboration with Hope Church): 25
  • Spring Read: The Color of Compromise: The Truth about the American Church's Complicity in Racism: TBD

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