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December 5, 2021: S.C. Announcement

December 5, 2021: S.C. Announcement

An update from our Steering Committee regarding nominations and searching for new committee members; news about searching for an interim pastor as well as plans for forming a temporary Theological Discernment & Ministry team.

Anti-Racism

Anti-Racism

We recognize that there are many valuable resources available on the topic of Anti-Racism, and this list is far from comprehensive!  However, for those who are looking for a place to dig deeper into this topic, some of the resources we would recommend are listed below.

As an Elevation community, we are continuing to explore this topic at a more systemic level as well, and we look forward to inviting our community to engage in that process over the next months. 

Racial Justice Course: 

We are excited about an opportunity our community has to take part in a course this spring called Racial Justice and Equity Practices for Faith & Spirituality-based Institutions: An Introductory Course for Community Members. This course will introduce members of our Elevation community to racial justice teachings and principles. You can find out more and register here.

Books: 

The Cross and the Lynching Tree by James H. Cone

I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness by Austin Channing Brown

Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson

White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo

Welcoming Justice: God’s Movement Towards Beloved Community by Charles Marsh and John M. Perkins

The Myth of Equality: Uncovering the Roots of Injustice and Privilege by Ken Wytsma

The Power of Proximity: Moving Beyond Awareness to Action by Michelle Ferrigno Warren

How to be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi

Workbooks: 

Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor by Layla Saad

“This eye-opening book challenges you to do the essential work of unpacking your biases, and helps white people take action and dismantle the privilege within themselves so that you can stop (often unconsciously) inflicting damage on people of color, and in turn, help other white people do better, too.”

Articles:

White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack by Peggy McIntosh

Canadian Narratives:

Desmond Cole: 

Michaelle Jean:

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/opinion/article-racism-makes-life-a-constant-struggle-for-black-canadians/?utm_source=facebook.com

Geoff Martin:

Slave Days in the Queen’s Bush

Podcasts:

Podcast: Unlocking Us with Brené Brown and guest, Ibram X. Kendi, on How to Be an Antiracist

                Find on: CastroSpotifyApple Podcasts

Podcast: Redeeming Dangerous Memories: Black Women and Racial Injustice with Keri Day and Miroslav Volf

                Find on: CastroSpotify, Apple Podcasts

Podcast: On Being – Eula Biss “Talking About Whiteness”

                Find on: CastroSpotifyApple Podcasts

Jesus, Justice and Racial Reconciliation – Online conversation hosted by Jesus Collective (June 2020)

                Find on: Spotify, Apple Podcasts

An interview with Fanis Juma on a local Guelph radio station:

                Find the interview here (June 19 – “The Great Pause”)

Documentaries/Films:

  • 13th (Find on Netflix)
  • Just Mercy (Find on Amazon Prime)
  • True Justice (Find on Amazon Prime)
  • The Hate U Give (Find on Amazon Prime)

The Skin We’re In Documentary by Desmond Cole (Canadian Content)

Resources For Older Kids/Youth:

Additional Lists of Resources:

www.drewbrownmusic.com/antiracism

For kids:

Indigenous Allyship

Indigenous Allyship

It is absolutely incumbent on every follower of Christ to know the stories of injustice and pain that their closest neighbors continue to endure. And beyond just Christians, there is a responsibility for every person to know the story of the land they are privileged to call home.

Jennifer Singh

The Church Has Ignored the Grief of First Nation Peoples Too Long

National Day for Truth and Reconciliation – 2021

 

Thursday September 30th, is the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. A day that honours the lost children and Survivors of residential schools, their families and communities. We know that many of you are finding ways to engage in this day of reflection, learning, mourning and committing to change. And as a community, we want to point out just two opportunities within our own local community to listen, learn and engage.

The Healing of the Seven Generations, an indigenous-led local community organization, is hosting a community walk to spread awareness of and reflect on the tragedies experienced by Indigenous peoples across Turtle Island as a result of the country’s former residential school system. The walk will begin at 10AM from 300 Frederick St in Kitchener and lead to Victoria Park’s Clock Tower where there will be a number of guest speakers and drumming to follow. All are welcome and encouraged to wear orange!

In the evening on the 30th at 7pm, we are partnering with UNA church in Kitchener to host an online screening of the documentary Trick or Treaty. A zoom link for the event was included in the community email on Tuesday this week. Please plan to join the zoom call at 7pm for a brief introduction. For those who wish to watch the film on their own (outside of the zoom call) a link will be provided at that time. We will then join back on the Zoom call at 8:45pm for a short time of discussion. Please reach out if you have any questions or have trouble finding the link. (melissa.burke@elevationwaterloo.org)

Resources to Educate

At the end of 2011, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada submitted a report on the
history, purpose, operation, and supervision of the residential school system, the effect and
consequences of the system, and its ongoing legacy. The publication of this report can be found here.

In 2015 the Truth and Reconciliation Commission released a call to action to redress the legacy of residential schools and advance the process of Canadian reconciliation. The publication of these 94 calls to action can be found here. Although all of these calls to action are incredibly important, some of the most applicable for our context are in the section titled “Church apologies and Reconciliation” (58-61).

A website has been formed to monitor the progress of the journey towards reconciliation, based on these 94 calls to action. You can follow along in this journey here.

There has been a National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls in Canada. You can find the Executive Summary of the Final Report of this Inquiry here.

The University of Alberta offers a free course on Indigenous History in Canada. This course has 12 lessons and can be completed at your own pace. You can find more information and register for this course here.

The First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada has created a guide to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada in a format that is written especially for children. You can access this guide here.