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Small Groups
What
  • Either a one time or multi-week online group that will discuss one aspect of racism in America
  • The sessions should enable real dialog and understanding of the problems but also being to establish solutions
How
  • Groups will include members from different ethnic groups across different churches
  • Sessions will be conducted via Zoom
Why
  • For many, in this country, we do not have meaningful relationships with people of different ethnicities
  • These groups will enable connection with people who are different from you to maximize learning and bring about mutual understanding
When
  • See below for scheduled dates. 

The groups’ “level” designations are based on a person’s questions and/or beliefs about racism coming into the discussion:

  • Level 1 – Why is racism still an issue?
  • Level 2 – Racism is just an individual issue.
  • Level 3 – Racism is a societal issue. 
 
 
Level 1
 
Oneness Embraced

Black/white relations in the culture at large and in the church in particular continue to be a stain on America’s respectable reputation. The church has clearly failed and must seek to function by God’s kingdom perspective. In this legacy message, Tony Evans seeks to promote a biblical understanding of the kingdom foundation of oneness by detailing why we don’t have it, what we need to do to get it, and what it will look like when we live it. 

 
Text “GroupC” to 704-727-4454 to sign up for or ask questions about the group. 
 
Tuesdays, Starting February 16th , 7:30pm – 9pm, online.
Level 2
 
Color of Compromise

Churches remain racially segregated and are largely ineffective in addressing complex racial challenges. In The Color of Compromise Video Study, Jemar Tisby takes us back to the root of this injustice in the American church, highlighting the cultural and institutional tables we have to flip in order to bring about progress between black and white people. 

 
Text “GroupB” to 704-727-4454 to sign up for or ask questions about the group.
 
Tuesdays, Starting February 16th, 7pm, online.
Level 2
 
Beautiful Community
 
Our world has been torn asunder by racial, ethnic, and ideological differences. It is seen in our politics, felt in our families, and ingrained in our theology. Sadly, the church has often reinforced these ethnic and racial divides. To cast off the ugliness of disunity and heal our fractured humanity, we must cultivate spiritual practices that help us pursue beautiful community.
 
Text “GroupD” to 704-727-4454 to sign up for or ask questions about the group.
 
Wednesdays, Starting February 17th, 8pm, online. 
Level 3
 
How to Fight Racism
 
Racism is pervasive in today’s world, and many are complicit in the failure to confront its evils. Jemar Tisby, author of the award-winning The Color of Compromise, believes we need to move beyond mere discussions about racism and begin equipping people with the practical tools to fight against it.
 
Text “GroupA” to 704-727-4454 to sign up for or ask questions about the group.
 
Tuesdays, Starting February 16th, 7pm, online.
Level 3
 
My Grandmothers Hands

In this groundbreaking book, therapist Resmaa Menakem examines the damage caused by racism in America from the perspective of trauma and body-centered psychology. The body is where our instincts reside and where we fight, flee, or freeze, and it endures the trauma inflicted by the ills that plague society. Menakem argues this destruction will continue until Americans learn to heal the generational anguish of white supremacy, which is deeply embedded in all our bodies.

 
Text “GroupF” to 704-727-4454 to sign up for or ask questions about the group.
 
 
Thursdays, Starting February 18th, 7pm, online.
Day of Prayer
 
 
Phase 1 consisted of a day of prayer amongst different church leaders in the community.
You can watch the event online below.

 
90 Day Anti-Racism Challenge
 
 
  • 90 Day Challenge
    • What
      • A 3-month challenge that individuals will commit to conducting weekly material acts of intentional anti-racism.
      • If we had an average of 50 people take the challenge that would result in 500 people taking the challenge.
      • At this rate we could see 6,000 acts of Anti-Racism committed and publicized in Mooresville over 3 months!
      • This act alone would significantly impact the Town of Mooresville and set an example to other parts of our community.

R.A.C.E. CHALLENGE DETAILS

  • Recognize
Research the problem,Watch movies, read books, talk to diverse friends
  • Assess – 
Determine what influence you have on structural racism.
E.g. Grocery Store Clerk – how many diverse customers can you help in a week?
  • Communicate – 
Join the challenge formally and share with friends for accountability
  • Equalize – 
Find opportunities to level the playing field each week and post on social media
 
  • How
      • A material act of anti-racism is anything that equalizes treatment of a Black person or people in a visible and tangible way
      • The act can be anything from helping someone to changing a work policy depending on your level of influence
        • For example a grocery store clerk could assist a Black family with a register problem
        • Helping a co-worker or coaching an employee through a problem at work
        • Advocating for equality in some form when the opportunity arises (e.g. in the community or on the job)
      • When the act happens – share on social media!
    • To sign up – Text “90Day” to 704.727.4424 so we can send you more information and further details as they become available