We hope you will join PCCCA and the Presbyterian Mission Agency in taking the 21-Day Racial Justice Challenge. The exercise invites us to do something every day to raise awareness about racism and encourage action in response to that awareness. Below is our schedule for the challenge. If you miss a day, it is not hard to catch up. You of course have the option of completing the challenge at your own pace, but we hope you will join us for the Zoom conversations on these Thursdays at 11am EDT.
Sunday, July 19
Read the Presbyterian Church (USA) churchwide anti-racism policy, “Facing Racism: A Vision of the Intercultural Community" OR the "Statement Regarding Violence and Encounters Between Indigenous People and Policing Agencies" from the Presbyterian Church in Canada.
Monday, July 20
Study the Week One lesson from the Facing Racism Study Guide.
Tuesday, July 21
Watch an updated version of the Clark doll experiment, which explores how early-in-life ideas of racial inferiority and superiority are internalized.
Wednesday, July 22
Study the Week Two lesson from the Facing Racism Study Guide.
Thursday, July 23
1. Read the resolution of the 223rd General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA) on environmental racism OR read the study guide, Racism and Hate in Canada, from the Presbyterian Church in Canada.
2. Join us in a Zoom meeting at 11am EDT to reflect on what we have learned during the first week of the Racial Justice Challenge.
Friday, July 24
Watch the Presbyterian Hunger Program’s webinar, “Impact of Environmental Injustice on Low Income and Communities of Color” OR watch the documentary from the free streaming servive, CBC Gem, titled "The Skin We're In." It is based on the best-selling book with the same name about a year of anti-Black racism in Canada (this video is only available to viewers within Canada).
Saturday, July 25
Read what youth at the 2016 Triennium learned about environmental racism.
Sunday, July 26
Study the Week Three lesson from the Facing Racism Study Guide.
Monday, July 27
Choose a resource on the Doctrine of Discovery to read from facingracism.org.
Tuesday, July 28
Watch the PBS documentary “Unspoken: America’s Native American Boarding Schools" OR watch "We Will Stand Up," a documentary based on the death of Colton Boushie (a young Cree man in Saskatchewan) and the racism in Canada's legal system (this video is only available to viewers within Canada).
Wednesday, July 29
Take the awareness test. Go out and change what you notice.
Thursday, July 30
1. Study the Week Four lesson from the Facing Racism Study Guide.
2. Join us in a Zoom meeting at 11am EDT to reflect on what we have learned during the second week of the Racial Justice Challenge.
Friday, July 31
Read the Confession of Belhar. Reflect on how your ministry is using and living into it.
Saturday, August 1
Visit the Presbyterian Intercultural Network’s website. Connect with a chapter near you or inquire about creating one.
Sunday, August 2
Study the Week Five lesson from the Facing Racism Study Guide.
Monday, August 3
Watch the TED Talk “How to overcome our biases? Walk boldly toward them” by Verna Myers.
Tuesday, August 4
Read “White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack” by Peggy McIntosh.
Wednesday, August 5
Study the Week Six lesson from the Facing Racism Study Guide.
Thursday, August 6
1. Notice the structures and practices at your camp or conference center. Raise questions about how they help or hinder racial equity.
2. Join us in a Zoom meeting at 11am EDT to discuss what we noticed above.
Friday, August 7
Engage: Suggest studying the Facing Racism Study Guide with a group or as a program at your site.
Saturday, August 8
Act: Commit to doing the challenge again. Invite someone to join you.