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In this issue we define and expand upon the meaning of the term “systemic racism”. We also point to where racism may still exist in the workplace, in church history and how the Gospel is affected by it. And we highlight some events and videos to help start conversations on this challenging topic.

Everything is Systemic

Pastor Scott DeVries writes in this article that viewing racism as a system recognizes it as a complex reality that will take effort to understand and work against.

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Confessing Racism in the Workplace

Rev. Mark Stepheson, interim director of the CRC Office of Race Relations, describes ways in which white people may be unknowingly maintaining racism toward BIPOC colleagues and ways they can recognize it and stand up against it.

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Race Relations May Webinar 

The CRC Office of Race Relations staff invites you to a conversation with prominent leaders from across the US who are integrating faith and justice in their life work. The topic is “Preaching and Teaching Antiracism”.

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Seeing It Differently 

Bearing the Pain of History”  - In her latest blog post, Race Relations Advocate Viviana Cornejo reflects on why the best and only way to move forward from an unpleasant history is to be strong, bear the pain, and confront the past.

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Swords to Plowshares

Racism and the Gospel Impact” Race Relations Advocate Rudy Gonzalez shares his thoughts on the importance of having open conversations about Racism in light of the Gospel, and the key component of listening.

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Web Bytes

Dear Nice White People

Anti-racism PSA from Cartoon Network

Let the church declare: Asian Lives Matter

How to Be an Antiracist Supervisor

Webinar recording from Race Relations - “White Work”


Upcoming Events

May 7, 2021 - CORR Anti-racism virtual workshop (9am-5pm EDT)

May 11, 2021 - “Preaching and Teaching Antiracism” free webinar event hosted by ORR (6-7pm EDT) - Get more info and Register Here.

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


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