George Floyd, say his name

George Floyd, say his name

Mr. George Floyd was murdered on May 25, 2020 and we now know that there are three guilty verdicts against his murderer, Derek Chauvin. White supremacy is real. Racism is reprehensible.  Racism has no place in religious communities.  Violence continues to increase against Black and Brown people and those who represent non-white, dominant culture.

One verdict does not create systemic change.  One judgment does not automatically dismantle entrenched racism and Tim Shapirowhite supremacy.

In 1900, Mr. James Weldon Johnson, former leader of the NAACP, composed the poem “Lift Ev'ry Voice and Sing” that includes the phrase, "Stony the road we tread." This powerful anthem’s lyric testifies to our truth now just as it did 121 years ago. And yet, the verse continues with hope, "facing the rising sun of our new day begun."

Though we may tread the stony road, the Center for Congregations will be part of the “rising sun of our new day.” We are devoted to being an anti-racist organization and resourcing congregations to do the same. I am clear it is an essential journey and not yet complete.

I am heartened that many Indiana congregations seek resources as they actively address racism. The Center for Congregations is finding books, videos, sermons, articles, podcasts, and more resources that address anti-racism practices.  Gratefully, we are getting many of these resources from you our partners, the leaders of Indiana congregations.  I invite you to what we are finding on The Congregational Resource Guide, www.thecrg.org.

I am inspired that the hope of anti-racism is top of mind for many Indiana congregations. For us at the Center, this demonstrates how congregations are essential to the well-being of our communities and the pursuit of justice.

This small book is a powerful sermon from Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II describing the power of justice movements and calls faith leaders to action. Also, this CRG Collection from Center staffer McKenzie Scott Lewis lists his pick of racial equity resources.

Tim Shapiro
President
Center for Congregations