On Being Antiracist

Our church is committed to being an antiracist organization and community of faith. We recognize this is an ongoing commitment that we must continually reaffirm. We celebrate the fact that our congregation has offered leadership in our community and among other Christian churches by hosting educational opportunities about racial equity, systemic racism and white privilege. If you worship with us on Sundays, you’ll regularly hear acts of racial injustice named in sermons, and you’ll be invited to confess with us the internalized racism that we all continue to unlearn and repent of.

Education has been an important part of our journey toward antiracism. Here are some of the educational opportunities we’ve led:

  • UCC’s White Privilege Curriculum, Let’s Talk
  • Woke! Racial Justice Lenten Series
  • Lenten lecture series partnering with congregations from Ozaukee County
  • Guest speakers: Margaret Rozga, Bryan Johnson (Trinity UCC Chicago), Emilio de Torre (ACLU), Reggie Jackson
  • Doctrine of Discovery Class
  • A five-week class that examines the history and religious roots of American genocide of native peoples
  • White Privilege Class
  • A class that covered the topics of “Whiteness as the norm” and “how the medical and health industries advantage Whites”
  • Lenten reading group on Reggie Jackson’s Milwaukee Independent column
  • Recurring Racial Justice Book/Movie Study Group (See “What We’re Reading and Watching”)

We currently have an antiracism team that meets monthly to discuss and discern where God is leading us, so we can more fully embody this stated value that we are called to by our faith. Contact Pastor Thad if you’re interested in more information.