“There is no such thing as being neutral on racism.  One is either racist or actively anti-racist.”  –Ibram X. Kendi, historian and author of How to Be an Antiracist 

 In late June, 20 of your fellow First Church-ers gathered to brainstorm about how we can learn to become more proactively anti-racist – as individuals, as families, as a congregation, as a community.  There were more ideas than we can possibly pursue immediately.  But we are working on developing a series of experiences that will help us become more aware of racism and how to combat it.

At present, we have several start-small-and-grow ideas on the table.  We hope that at least one of them will appeal to you and inspire you to participate.  We are looking at such things as book clubs, movie nights, speakers, and structured studies.  But we also hope to offer more immersive experiences, such as visits to Underground Railroad sites or museums that help us understand the minority and immigrant experience in Iowa.  Personal exploration of our experiences with white privilege and white supremacy are also on the table.

Look in the September LIGHT, as well as Cross Notes and the weekly bulletin, for details about the first opportunities.  And let us know what would be helpful to you and your family.  You can contact us at twila.glenn1030@gmail.com. 

Your First UMC Anti-Racism Task Force:  Eloise Cranke, Lesley Gesaman, Kathleen McQuillen, & Twila Glenn