The Lenten season is set aside each year for us to meditate on the things that it’s a lot easier to ignore or put off. We do so just before Easter, knowing that no matter the faults we face — hope, reconciliation and redemption always have the final word in our story.
This Lenten season we are taking a hard look at the effects of racism our society has been forced to deal with once again. Many call it America’s original sin. More specifically, we will look at our own lives and history and how one of the basics of our faith — that we are inherently good and inherently flawed — can help us to talk about and confess sins like racism while clinging to the restorative hope and justice we all long for and share in Christ.
To accompany our sermon series, our congregation is reading Robin Diangelo’s book, White Fragility, which explores the counterproductive reactions white people often have when their assumptions about race are challenged, and how these reactions maintain racial inequality. On March 31, our community gathered for a conversation on the book, and on Tuesday, April 9, our Open Book Discussion group met for a follow-up discussion.
On Sunday, April 7, from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. in the Parlor, Second offered an interactive anti-racism training. Hosted by The Open Table KC, this training helped us establish a common working definition of racism so we can work together against systemic racism in all its forms.
Resources from Abhi Dutt’s 3/17 Sermon
White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack – Peggy McIntosh
Internalized Racial Superiority as Illness – Gail Golden
Racial Identity Caucusing for Internalized Racial Superiority/Inferiority – crossroadsantiracism.org
Additional Resources and Actions
Check out the Lenten series resources and actions document here for ways you can engage in recognizing and working against systemic racism.