Our Anti-Racism Taskforce came together in the summer of 2018 following the “One Book One Church” event featuring Debby Irving and her book, Waking Up White. While that moment marks the beginning of this current initiative, it is clear that conversations around race, racism and our connection to it have been important conversations in our church in the past.
Over the past two years the taskforce has helped sponsor several congregation and community-wide events to help us all learn about the mistakes and challenges of the past when it comes to racism and privilege, and to discern together what it means for our community of faith to be a voice for justice and change on this issue. Below you will find resources for your own study and engagement, as well as opportunities to be involved in some large and small conversations.
Anti-Racism Summer School
Be a part of online conversations this summer!
As a congregation, we have continued to provide creative and relational opportunities to move forward on our journey to become more anti-racist as individuals and as a church community. In June 2020, the BMPC Session made a commitment to this work as our whole denomination seeks to grow and become more compassionate and courageous people.
Outdoor Interfaith Racial Justice Vigils
The Interfaith Racial Justice Vigils, which first took place last fall at houses of worship across Lower Merion Township, will resume for five consecutive weeks where we will commemorate the first anniversary of George Floyd's death, the anniversary of the Mother Emmanuel massacre in Charleston, South Carolina, and Juneteenth.
Anti-Racism Book List
This partial book list has been compiled from suggestions by many friends of BMPC; opinions of the books may vary widely according to the reader. Please read books on this list and then find a thought partner or two with whom to discuss them.
Update from the BMPC Anti-Racism Taskforce
Over the past two years the BMPC Anti-Racism Taskforce has helped facilitate numerous conversations on the pervasive issue of racism in our history, our community and in our personal lives. We are deeply grateful for the engagement on this issue by members of our congregation.
21 Day Racial Equity Challenge
The BMPC Anti-Racism Taskforce invites members of the congregation to take part in a 21-day pledge to read, listen or watch one item related to race, racism or privilege each day.
This challenge was originally developed by educators Eddie Moore Jr and Debbie Irving.
Main Line History Through an Anti-Racist Lens: Two Community-wide Webinars
The Story of Enslaved People on the Main Line
The Great Migration and the Main Line