30 Days of Anti-Racism Challenge
The goal for today is to participate in intercultural conversations. One of the biggest challenges to confronting racism is the often limited opportunities we have to have intercultural conversations. We live in a largely segregated society. These 30 days would be a good time to consider why our communities are so divided by race and culture. Even if there is cultural diversity in your neighborhood or circle of friends and family, it can be hard to know how to begin a meaningful conversation about racism. Honesty is the best approach. Beginning with something like, "I am really trying to understand better racism in our community and my own implicit biases. Would you feel comfortable talking with me about your experiences?" The United Methodist Commission on Religion and Race has an online course called "You Are Here: First Steps for White Christians on Race and Racism." The $39 cost for the course might be money well spent if it helps to find ways to open new conversations and understandings.
Tomorrow the challenge is to donate to or volunteer at a Food Bank. Consider supporting the work at UCOM, United Church Outreach Ministry, located on Chicago Drive, just past Burlingame.
As you look ahead to Sunday, consider the challenging book "How to Be An Anti-Racist" and find a couple of people to read it with you. The discussions are difficult and important.
God bless you as you do this important work.