Racial Justice Initiative

Racial Justice Initiative Update – August 2017; Opportunities for You

The Racial Justice Initiative (RJI) hosted Dr. Ruha Benjamin on July 9, a professor at Princeton University, who spoke on The Beautiful Struggle. Her talk focused on racism as a system rather than individuals doing racist acts. She highlighted the importance of individuals having knowledge as well as courage to change the system and improve … Continued

Calling All Readers! Racial Justice Book Club- September 11, 2017

The book selection for September is Evicted by Matthew Desmond– a book that informs the impact of our country’s inability to effectively address poverty that disproportionately impacts people of color. Hope you can join Michele Roupp, Dave Anderson and Lynne Molnar on Monday, September 11, 2017 from 7-9 pm. This will be the third meeting … Continued

Beloved Conversations Panel: General Assembly 2017

On the Friday of General Assembly, three leaders of congregations that took Beloved Conversations were asked to share their reflections having done this hard and sacred work. Robin was one of those three! Speaking before thousands in person, and more online, the full script that Robin shared is below. It can also be found online … Continued

Join the Summer Reading Challenge

The Summer Reading Challenge has begun! This summer, we are exploring more intentionally the vast, rich territory of books by and about people of color. Capitalizing on the concept of summer reading, this is a low-pressure read-a-thon, where we set our own goals and read what we like. The idea is simply to challenge ourselves … Continued

Racial Justice Initiative Hosting Guest Speaker Dr. Ruha Benjamin – July 9

Racial Justice Initiative is hosting guest speaker Dr. Ruha Benjamin on Sunday, July 9th from 12 to 2 pm. Beautiful Struggle: Building Knowledge and Courage for a Better World In this talk, Professor Ruha Benjamin will pair social scientific insights on racism and inequality with spiritual insights on human oneness and justice which, taken together, … Continued