An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.
                                                                                                                           Martin Luther King Jr.

  
Lent is a season for self-examination. It promotes soul-searching in hopes of changing the world one person at a time. It is a natural time to ask introspective questions like, “How can we hope to end racism in America if we don’t examine the vestiges of racism within ourselves?”
 
This season of Lent, the Racial Justice Ministry of our church invites you learn about race and racism in America in lessons that require minimal effort and time. We invite you to consider new consumer and behavioral choices that evoke change in the short and long term. For more information visit the Racial Justice Ministry page on the church website.



The Black Church ~ What Have We Learned?
Tuesday March 9 ~  5:30 – 6:30


Join us for a discussion on the PBS documentary “The Black Church.” It was a fascinating two-part series and we learned much.
Let’s share our thoughts and feelings with other church friends. Contact the church office to register
HERE.


Inclusive Consumerism


As a community, it is important to support one another. The Green Book of Tampa Bay offers a comprehensive directory of black-owned businesses in the Tampa Bay region. Support the economy of Black and other minority families by diversifying where you shop.


Behavior Choice Tip #3


Do not shame a person who has expressed a racist view. People don’t learn when they feel shame. Instead try to reach an agreement, regardless of how small it might be.


Click on the links below  to discover how you may be unconsciously speaking with racist language.  
https://www.rd.com/article/phrases-to-avoid-in-conversations-about-race/
https://www.rd.com/article/small-ways-you-can-fight-racism-every-day/


Racial Justice Ministry Presents: Black History Month in Two Minutes

After a turbulent summer of racial unrest, our church formed, and authorized, a racial justice ministry to educate our church community about racial injustice while also addressing the misinformation that perpetuates racial disparities.
 
The Racial Justice Ministry invites you to listen to the award-winning podcast “Black History in Two Minutes (or so).”  Beautifully produced episodes provide a brief presentation on a range of topics, from recent events to the founding of the United States. Every week here in our e-blast, an episode of this podcast will be available for you to listen to or download onto your computer.

Click here and enjoy!


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- God calls us to love our neighbor and to reach out to those in need. “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.” John 13:34
 
- God calls us to treat all people with dignity and respect, regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, gender, or political beliefs. “The second is this ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.” Mark 12:31
 
- God calls us to listen to those who struggle for equality. “But if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his neighbor in need, yet closes their heart against the neighbor, how does God’s law abide in that person?” John 3:17
 
Therefore, with the hope and promise of our Still Speaking God, we commit the resources of the church to create and support a new Racial Justice Ministry that will educate our church community about racism and its ills, while seeking to improve race relations in our community and beyond.
 
The members of the Racial Justice Ministry are Michael Brill, Isabel Caruso, Anne Core, Vivian Fueyo, Jennie Mason, Dane Petersen and Ken Salak, and Rev. Dr. Guillermo Márquez-Sterling.