21-Day Racial Justice Challenge

Join us weekly to discuss, study, and examine how we might better love our neighbor. Discussions kickoff July 29 and 30 for 4 weeks.  Read more here about the challenge.

21-Day Racial Justice Challenge: July 29 – August 20

Register here for Wednesday evening ZOOM group:  July 29 – August 19 at 7:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Register here for Thursday evening in-person group:  July 30  – August 20 at 7:45 – 8:45 p.m.

You are invited to record your feelings, insights and reflections as you engage in the 21-Day Racial Justice Challenge. You may copy and use the document linked below for journaling in whatever way works best for you:

Reflection Tool for 21-Day Racial Justice Challenge

Day Resource Time
1 Read 21-Day Racial Justice Challenge — America & Moore – describes the 21-day challenge A Statement from the Special Committee on Racism Truth and Reconciliation, PCUSA, June 25, 2020 A Pastoral Letter for Such a Time as This by Pastor Nadia Bolz-Weber June 5, 2020 15 min
2 Study Week One lesson from the PCUSA Facing Racism Study Guide. 20-30 min
3 Watch the TED Talk How to overcome our biases? Walk boldly toward them by Verna Myers 18 min
4 Read “White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack” by Peggy McIntosh. It is believed that the term white privilege was coined by black civil rights activist William Du Bois in the 1930s. The term gained widespread use after anti-racism activist and writer Peggy McIntosh published this essay in 1989. 15 min
5 Study Week Two lesson from the PCUSA Facing Racism Study Guide 20-30 min
6 Read Explaining White Privilege To A Broke White Person 10 min
7 Participate in Project Implicit – Complete Race IAT and/or Skin Tone IAT (IAT is Implicit Association Test)

  • Please note that you will be asked to provide some demographic information but no personal or identifying information
15 min
8 Study Week Three lesson from the PCUSA Facing Racism Study Guide 20-30 min
9 Read White, Black, and Blue: Christians Disagree Over Policing Black Christians overwhelmingly say police treatment is biased against them. Why don’t white evangelicals believe them? Christianity Today, June 29, 2020 AND I was a police chief stopped by my own officer Isaiah McKinnon Detroit Free Press Opinion June, 2020 15 min
10 Read Who Gets to Be Afraid in America? By Ibram X. Kendi 5/12/20 15 min
11 Study Week Four lesson from the PCUSA Facing Racism Study Guide 20-30 min
12 Watch There is Something in the Water  about environmental racism  3 min
13 Watch the Presbyterian Hunger Program’s webinar, Impact of Environmental Injustice on Low Income and Communities of Color 57 min 
14 Read the resolution of the 223rd General Assembly of the PC(USA) on environmental racism 15 min
15 Study Week Five lesson from the PCUSA Facing Racism Study Guide 20-30 min
16 Watch an updated version of the Clark doll experiment which explores how early-in-life ideas of racial inferiority and superiority are internalized 5 min
17 Watch the PBS documentary, Unspoken: America’s Native American Boarding Schools  1 hour
18 Watch The Disturbing History of the Suburbs | Adam Ruins Everything 6 min
19 Study Week Six lesson from the PCUSA Facing Racism Study Guide 20-30 min
20 Read How a pandemic brought healing to a centuries-old racial wound from Presbyterians  Today July/August 2020 10 min
21 Reflect What have you learned? What are the next steps for you? What are the next steps for our church?