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In this issue we want to highlight some ways that church congregations are taking steps to dismantle racism in their communities and how the Race Relations ministry can be involved in those steps. We also give voice to other racial perspectives with two webinar recordings from recent virtual events we’ve hosted. And don’t miss browsing our list of upcoming events.

Taking Steps to Dismantle Racism

This article describes two CRC congregations in Minnesota that have awakened more pointedly to the need to address racism in their midst. It also provides insight into the purpose and increased activity of the Office of Race Relations in the months following the death of George Floyd.

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“Post Election Outlook for Antiracism Efforts” Webinar

On November 12, the Office of Race Relations hosted a webinar with Rev. Reggie Smith as moderator for a Q&A discussion with Dr. Michelle Loyd-Paige and Dr. Eric M. Washington, both from Calvin University. View the recording and other resources.

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Seeing It Differently 

Why the Church Needed Covid-19” — In her latest blog post, Race Relations Advocate Viviana Cornejo writes about how the church needed Covid-19 to finally open their eyes to see and their ears to hear. This pandemic forced people to listen and to confront the pain in parts of the body of Christ that had previously been swept aside and forgotten.

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Swords to Plowshares

Any Sin but Racism ”: Race Relations Advocate Rudy Gonzalez questions why in the Reformed church, no one dares question the doctrine of total depravity. Yet when it comes to challenging racism many shrink back.

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Addressing Native American Issues Webinar

On October 28, the Office of Race Relations hosted a webinar with Pastor Mike Peters who spoke on the topic of addressing Native American issues as a non-native. View the recording and other resources.

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Meet Scholarship Recipients

We want to introduce you to “Joshua”, one of the seven recipients of the 2020/21 Race Relations Multiracial Student Scholarship.

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VeggieTales? History of Race & Voting Video

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

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Web Bytes

News Article: Minn. churches launch 10-year plan for racial healing

News Article: Critical Race Theory is the New Boogeyman...

Video: Equity vs. Equality explained


Upcoming Events

Jan 4-22 (4 hours/week) — Faithful Anti-Racism in a Time of Pandemic

Jan 5 (12-1pm EST) — Antiracism is WORK webinar hosted by ORR

Jan. 17 (time TBD) — MLK community celebration on YouTube

Jan. 18 (12:30pm EST) — Calvin Univ. January Series - Jemar Tisby: What is the Color of Compromise?

Workshops available online — RACISM: Looking Back. Moving Forward  and Cultural Intelligence Workshop and The Ideology of Whiteness — available on request.

The Ideology of Whiteness — an online workshop at your pace. Register here.


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