At its January meeting, the Session passed a proposal from the Witness Committee for a 2021 Antiracism Initiative. Their decision was based on a call to action by the 2020 General Assembly, a statement from the Presbytery, and a letter from Ruth Reynolds called "A Call for Reconciliation and Community Building." The purpose of the initiative states, With the increasing recognition of the violence sustained by black, indigenous, and people of color, and with the growing awareness of the church's complicity in racism from our earliest history, the purpose of the initiative would be to educate, discuss, and suggest actions to be taken to support our brothers and sisters of color in whatever way we can.
Our Resolve Against Racism: An FPC Credo Project
I invite you to confess what you believe and resolve to do to eradicate racism with your whole heart, your whole mind, your whole soul. This credo is voluntary and to be inspired by the Spirit. It is to be a living credo, written on our hearts, not etched in stone. While it is to be authentic, it is not the whole truth of what we must believe and resolve to do. Take your time, pray about this, ask the Spirit to convict you. Then I invite you to submit it through our website so that it may be compiled and shared as a part of our congregations resolve against racism.
- Rev. Trinity Whitley
To learn more and sign up, click the appropriate button link below:
The Antiracism Task Force is bringing you a fall series titled AND NOW WHAT? We've learned that racism exists among individuals in our community as well as in the systems and structures in our community, and it is evidenced in the racial disparities and inequities that exist in education, housing, wealth, and economic outcomes. Now that we are aware of the disparities and inequities that exist in Tallahassee for persons of color, we are learning from the organizations that are trying to close those gaps and meet unmet needs in our community. We are inviting these boots-on-the-ground organizations to share the lived experiences of the persons they serve and the ways in which their services meet the community's needs. This will include discussions to learn more about the community and identify potential partners with whom we can join in partnership to support the work they are already doing.
AND NOW WHAT? will take place via Zoom on Tuesday nights, 7-8:30 p.m., as follows.
Zoom Link: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/5225195002?pwd=a1QvTmh3WEVXL0xZaVc0UGppeEZDQT09. Meeting ID: 522 519 5002, Passcode: Faith
Session 1: Educational Disparities - September 28
Featured speaker will be Talethia Edwards, Chairperson of Leon County Schools Title 1 Schools Advisory Council.
Pre-reading: Please read one or both of these documents:
Session 2: Housing Disparities - October 12
Featured speaker will be Antoine Wright (Executive Director, Big Bend Habitat for Humanity). Hopefully, we will have as an honored guest a Habitat homeowner.
Leon County Community Health Assessment 2019
Session 3: Criminal Justice Disparities - October 26
Featured speakers: Christic Henry and Pastor Greg James (Tallahassee Peacemakers)
Pre-reading: "All in Leon 2019 Report"
Session 4: Hunger Disparities - November 9
Featured speaker: Monique Van Pelt (Executive Director, Second Harvest. Honored guests: Shellie Camp (Director, Manna on Meridian), Sam Boge (Second Harvest board member)
Pre-reading: Leon County Community Health Assessment 2019 (see link under session 2 above)
Final Session: Town Hall Meeting -- December 14.
Where our neighbors are stepping into the reach, are there opportunities for Faith Presbyterian to partner with them in these efforts? We will discuss whether Faith members are feeling called to prioritize a partnership with one or more of these organizations.
Please sign up for And Now What sessions here: https://bit.ly/antiracismandnowwhat
Questions? Contact Ginny Dailey,
Meet the Task Force
To lead the Antiracism Initiative at Faith, a Task Force is being formed which will plan programs and perhaps trips for education about racism. The Task Force is comprised of members of the Witness Committee and the Adults & Families Committee as well as members who express a personal interest in serving.
Ginny Dailey (Preschool)
Scott Ford (At-large)
Bob Keyt (At-large)
Mike Metz (Adults & Families)
Anita Parish (Witness), Chair
Ruth Reynolds (At-large)
Peggy Sanford (Witness)
Will Spicola (At-large)
If you have any questions or comments about this effort, please reach out to Anita Parish, .