September 2, 2020
30 Days of Anti-Racism Challenge
Yesterday we began our 30 Days of Anti-Racism Challenge in prayer. I hope God met us in this time of prayer with these words, "do not fear." Thinking about racism can cause some anxieties. Most of us do not want to treat others unequally. We do not want to judge others by the color of their skin. And, we are afraid of being judged. If our actions are seen by others to be racist we are hurt, embarrassed, and defensive. Prayer can help. God can remind us to trust and do not fear.
Today's step is to draft your racial autobiography. This assessment helps us understand where we came from and the context of our experiences with people of differing races. Many of us grew up in communities that lacked diversity. Again, that is not a reason to become defensive. It is helpful to know and name our experiences as we confront racism in our world.
Attached is the Family History/Influences Questionnaire from www.gborr.org. Use this as a start, and write down your experiences relating to other races. For instance, some may have grown up with limited racial diversity in their community, then went to the military or college or had some broadening of those experiences. Write down your experiences, and find someone who is willing to listen lovingly and prayerfully to your racial autobiography.
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REv. Dean N. Prentiss
I am blessed to be the Pastor at Wesley Park UMC. Find Daily Lectionary Readings Here.