racial justice

statement from CBWOQ on anti-Black racism

God loves justice. It is His very nature, and He calls us to justice as well. Therefore, we want to affirm:

  • No one should die because of the colour of their skin. Black lives matter.
  • Violence against people of colour must be prosecuted.
  • Social policy must dismantle systemic racism.

With sorrow we confess that racism exists in Canada, and in us. We are committed to change. We are committed for the long term. We want to continue listening, continue learning, and to advocate and act for lasting justice.

Diane McBeth, executive director, CBWOQ

justice

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.”
—Martin Luther King Jr. from Letter from Birmingham Jail  April 16, 1963

a 40-day prayer and reflection guide for racial justice

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thoughts to consider

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september-october 2020 issue – FREE!

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a special thanks to our contributors – brave and sensitive…every one:
Darlene Lucas, Rev Della Bost, Carol Parsons, Tabitha Mui, Evie Klein Whittingham, Lis Cristina Lam, Laura Matthews, Linda Ellsworth

“Instead of saying, “But I’m not racist,” we must be willing to consider: How do our hidden assumptions and biases move us closer to certain individuals and further away from others?  Why do we feel safer with some but not with all?”
Lis Cristina Lam in How To Be An Anti-Racist Foodie, from live magazine – September-October 2020 issue

Rev. Dr. Cheryle Hana (senior pastor, Fourth Baptist Church, Ottawa) preaches in the days after George Floyd’s murder
Click on image to listen (sermon starts at the 18:55 mark – you’ll need to sign in to Facebook)

Danielle Strickland podcast on the kairos moment ushered in by  global support for Black Lives Matter
Click on image to listen (23 mins long)

“To be a racial minority involves the constant negotiation of bodies and speech—to notice the meaning of my skin in relation to yours, to discern the value of my tongue among the languages and accents echoing in a room. ‘Do I belong here,’ I always ask myself, ‘In this language, among these people?’
— Isaac S. Villegas from article White Skin

ways into conversation

these resources just skim the surface
we hope to publish blogs, book reviews and host book clubs that foster conversation and lead to action

glossary of terms

Glossary of Terms
(some of the most common terms + their definitions. Useful to review as you begin to read, listen and talk.)

systemic racism

Race In America by Phil Vischer (video)
(the creator of VeggieTales created this video to explain systemic racism in the United States.)

Seeking Salvation – A History of the Black Church in Canada  – 2004 documentary
(This documentary testifies to the importance of Spirit-filled community in conferring dignity, safety, freedom and identity. Stunning.)

The Black Church In Canada by CBOQ pastor Rev Denise Gillard – paper
(written for McMaster University – gives an outline of Black history and Black church history in Canada)

white privilege

Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack by Peggy McIntosh
(white privilege unpacked in a thoughtful way – the best way to begin the conversation)

white fragility

White Fragility – Why It’s so Hard for White People to Talk About Racism – video
(video featuring author Robin DiAngelo talking about her book White Fragility…)
(a helpful talk on what white privilege and fragility are…key concepts for you to consider)

“The God whom we worship is not a weak and incompetent God. He is able to beat back gigantic waves of opposition and to bring low prodigious mountains of evil. The ringing testimony of the Christian faith is that God is able.”
—Martin Luther King Jr.

ways into action

where do we start?
some resources to get you going…with more to come!

becoming an ally

How To Be AntiRacist by Ibram X. Kendi
(offers practical steps forward to becoming antiracist)
– link to book on Amazon

I‘m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness by Austin Channing Brown
(confronting racism from the perspective of being female, Black and Christian)
– link to book on Amazon

For Our White Friends Desiring To Be Allies (blog on sojo.net)
(a practical checklist; helpful; honest and compassionate)