INTERESTED IN EXPLORING ANTIRACISM AS A SPIRITUAL PRACTICE?
The Churchwide Antiracism Policy of PC(USA) calls racism a spiritual problem. For white Christians, it names the most difficult spiritual challenge as addiction to power and privilege. To undertake this spiritual journey requires soul and heart work, a cultivation of inner self awareness and compassion for our shared humanity, as we embrace racial justice in action. We have been acculturated in a society that favors whiteness which has at its roots the colonization and control of indigenous peoples and of the bodies of stolen African peoples. We are called by our faith to take on the responsibility of changing this social construct and of addressing its destructive consequences.
In his book “How to be an Antiracist” Ibram Kendi says that there is no neutrality in the racism struggle. The opposite of “racist” isn’t “not racist”. It is “antiracist”. Antiracist means swimming against the current of racism that flows through our social institutions and interactions. On our own, this activity is draining and exhausting. As a spiritual practice however, we are invited to tap into the Divine river of unconditional love that will sustain and carry us in the direction of God’s good vision of creation where all is valued, respected and cherished.
Join Pat Deeney, (spiritual director and member of Westminster Presbyterian Church) in pursuing antiracism as a spiritual practice by receiving weekly Antiracism Adjustment emails that support and reinforce your ongoing efforts. If interested, just forward your email address to firstname.lastname@example.org to be included in the Presbytery’s commitment as a Matthew 25 Presbytery and the Dismantling Systemic Racism initiative.
May the following prayer sustain you daily in your antiracist endeavors.
Open my heart Loving Presence so that I may feel your Divine guidance to greater awareness of racial inequity and to my antiracist role this day.