"It's easy to think that the problem
of racial oppression in this country is just too big. How on earth can we be expected to dismantle a complex system that has been functioning
for over four hundred years? My answer is: piece by piece."
- Ijeoma Uluo, So You Want to Talk about Race
Personal growth and change is a vital component to a national movement to dismantle racism. Every single interaction counts. But racism also operates on another, institutional and sytematic level, which goes beyond the one-to-one interactions.
So a key purpose of Interwoven Congregations is supporting the partnered pairs of congregations in identifying ways that they together can work to address systemic racism. By building relationships and confronting the realities of racism, the congregations develop trust to work together. Joint initiatives could involve efforts around:
Or other opportunities identified by the congregations.
Step by step, piece by piece -- together, people of faith can help dismantle the structures of racism in our communities and across the nation.
But let justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream!
- Amos 5:24