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In this issue we want to affirm the importance of seeing everyone as an image bearer of our creator. This is the first step in dismantling racism. We also want to recognize the extremely hard road that people of color with disabilities have to travel. On a more casual note, we offer up some more informative book reviews and introduce you to a recent student scholarship recipient.

At the Intersection of Racism and Ableism

As we work for racial justice and systemic change, we need to keep children and adults of color with disabilities in the forefront of our discussions and actions. The following adapted article discusses the overlooked intersectionality of racism and ableism. It also has links to other suggested resources.

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Faithful Anti-Racism Leadership Cohorts

The Calvin Institute of Christian Worship  invites individuals and organizations to participate in an online, month-long, facilitator-led cohort in which participants reflect on their cultural context and develop context-specific ways of promoting cross-cultural learning and faithful anti-racism initiatives.

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Seeing It Differently 

“Pocahontas: The Birth of a Myth” - There's a famous painting depicting the baptism of Pocahontas hanging in the rotunda of the American capital. But the true story behind the myth is not one to be celebrated or Disney-fied. Do you know the true history? In her latest blog post, Race Relations Advocate Viviana Cornejo challenges the myth of history.

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Swords to Plowshares

“Image of God Overcomes Racism” - Race Relations Advocate Rudy Gonzales encourages all of us to revisit the meaning of being created in the image of God in his latest post. He shows how it is a foundational belief in dismantling racism. He offers up some practical questions to engage these important conversations.

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Book Reviews

Read the personal reviews of these popular books dealing with racism: White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo (2018) and How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi (2019).

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Meet Scholarship Recipients

We want to introduce you to Charles Muting'a, one of the seven recipients of the 2020/21 Race Relations Multiracial Student Scholarship.

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VeggieTales? History of Racism Video

From the creator of VeggieTales, Phil Vischer, watch this educational video on the history of race in America.

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Web Bytes

Book Review: Have We Been White Too Long?

NPR Interview: Isabel Wilkerson explains America’s ‘Caste’ System

Network Post: A Look from a Different Angle

 

Upcoming Events

Workshop: Immigration Simulation - Stepping into the Shoes of an Immigrant -
Oct. 6 (8pm EST)

Workshop: Immigration Storyline - How Did We Get Here? - Oct. 13 (8pm EST)

Workshop: How Do We Think Biblically about Immigration and Advocate for Change? -
Oct. 20 (8pm EST)

All Nations Heritage Week - October 4-10 Worldwide

Antiracism Virtual Workshop - CORR event - Oct. 7,14,21,28 (6-9pm)

Council of Delegates dialogue on antiracism - October 14

Workshops available online - RACISM: Looking Back. Moving Forward  and Cultural Intelligence Workshop and The Ideology of Whiteness registrations soon will be open.

 

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