Race and Identity at Covenant
This fall, we will be focusing our attention as a church community on issues of race and identity. Inspired by the bold Black Lives Matter organizing in our city and by both our denominations’ renewed efforts to combat racism in our congregations and in our nation, we will spend the next few months thinking, talking, and praying about how race impacts our lives and the life of our community. Through this work, we seek to more faithfully live out our call to see and honor the image of Christ in all people, especially in those who have experienced oppression or exclusion, and welcome all in the name of our boundary-breaking, hierarchy-shattering, liberating God.
Each month will have its own specific theme related to this topic and will be oriented around a specific Focus Event. Come to listen, share, pray, dream.
SEPTEMBER: Spiritual Autobiography Through the Lens of Race
Focus Event: Telling Our Stories I. Sunday, 9/11, 12 pm – 1 pm in Bates Hall.
We will kick off this series with a conversation about developing our own spiritual autobiographies, asking how race has mattered in our own personal faith stories.
OCTOBER: The Sin of Whiteness as Norm in our Churches & World
Focus Event: Book Discussion. Sunday, 10/30, 12 pm – 1:30 pm in Bates Hall.
In October, we will focus on thinking through the ways that whiteness structures the world we live in, including our faith communities. Our discussion will be on the books Between the World and Me and Waking Up White, which are available for borrowing in the Williams Library. Feel free to join even if you don’t have time to read either book!
NOVEMBER: On Being An Accomplice
Focus Event: Racial Justice Training. Sunday, 11/20, 12 pm – 2 pm in Bates Hall.
This month, we will learn about ways that we can be involved in the struggle for racial justice. A representative from the UCC will lead us through a workshop entitled “From Tolerance to Unity” which works to unmask racism and foster racial justice ministries.
DECEMBER: Spiritual Autobiography: Continuing the Story
Focus Event: Telling Our Stories II. Sunday, 12/4, 12 pm – 1 pm in Bates Hall.
We will close this fall by returning to our spiritual autobiographies, looking for moments of repentance, conversion, and hope in our own individual stories and in our collective story as a congregation.
Click below to see recent sermons by our pastors related to Race & Identity:
In solidarity with fellow UCC church, Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago where Rev. Dr. Otis Moss III serves as pastor, we post the following video that they regularly share with their congregant's/ parents - as we lament a context in our country where the sharing of such information is needed at all: