July 16, 2019
On July 1, about 20 Plymouth members, many of them Council members, began to look at our Footprint of Oppression with the help of folks from the Village of Hope who run the quarterly Undoing Institutional Racism workshops. While Plymouth has contributed greatly to the community in its Christian walk, there has also been pain for those in whose oppression we’ve participated.
During the meeting, we had some honest conversation about white privilege and white fragility here at Plymouth. While we say that Plymouth fights against racism and we have called Rev Dr Kelle Brown, an African American woman, as our lead pastor, we have more work to do on our own awareness in this area.
Council is motivated to engage in this difficult work! God can do amazing things if we are willing partners. We challenge you to read Dr Brown’s article below to better understand how privilege reveals itself at Plymouth and what we can do about it. Her experience is echoed in the stories of other members of color.
The article, and the book “White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism,” by Robin DiAngelo, were shared by the UCC Pacific Northwest Conference for its Annual Meeting in April. Stay tuned for more resources, conversations, and activities as we follow God’s call to share life together with justice, kindness, and humility!
Print copies are available on the literature rack in the Lounge.