Welcome to the Facing Racism Task Force at FirstPres.
We’d like to take the opportunity to let you know who we are, to tell you more about our group, and to invite you to join us in our cause.
The Facing Racism Task Force has two guiding principles:
- To educate ourselves as to how racism was created and how it plays out in our society;
- To take action, where we are able, to do our part in creating a just and equitable community and society.
That’s it: we seek to learn what we can about racism, and do what we can about racism.
Our meetings currently take place in the Heritage Gallery of the First Presbyterian Church at Caldwell. We meet on the fourth Monday of each month at 7:00pm.
We start each meeting by recalling our guiding principles, and by reading and agreeing to our contract for safe group discussion; we turn off electronics and listen with empathy and compassion. By getting to know one another better, we coalesce as a team, empowered to fulfill our church’s mission of inclusion.
Through scripture, God declares that the church must stand by people in any form of suffering and need and that the church must witness against and strive against any form of injustice, so that justice may roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.
In the words of the Belhar Confession, added to the Constitution of the Presbyterian Church in 2016: “We believe that Christ’s work of reconciliation is made manifest in the church as the community of believers who have been reconciled with God and with one another; that unity is, therefore, both a gift and an obligation for the church of Jesus Christ; that through the working of God’s Spirit it is a binding force, yet simultaneously a reality which must be earnestly pursued and sought: one which the people of God must continually be built up to attain.”
We hope you’ll come and join us.
Thank you, and Peace.