Long-time member Randy Ellis will lead a two-part conversation about the origins and impact of racism in our churches, neighborhoods, and economy on Sunday, October 29, and Sunday, November 12, 2023, at 11:15 a.m.
“Christian Commitments Confront Systemic Bias” will be held after worship at Newton Highlands Congregational Church, 54 Lincoln Street, Newton Highlands, MA.
Define and talk about five types of racism and how they appear in our lives.
- Aggressive racism: Illegal acts including violence and intimidation that are mostly what we hear about in the media
- Overt racism: Offensive racist words, writings, and acts
- Microaggressions: Possibly inadvertent questions, comments, and actions that wear down people of color
- Institutional racism: Laws and policies of our governments that suppress minorities
- Systemic racism: Beliefs, behaviors, and market forces that reinforce existing inequities
Discuss actions, both easy and difficult, that we can take as individuals and as a church to reduce systemic racism and bias.
Mr. Ellis is a professor of economics at Boston University. He has been studying and reading about racism and systemic bias since 2018. Summer worshippers may recall his sermon “Systemic Bias from a Woke Christian,” from a service he led on July 16, 2023.