Racial Equity Initiative: Movies to Watch, Educate, and Discuss Together
It can be a long process to understand the way our systems and structures prop up and cause racial inequality-especially for people who haven’t suffered directly, and may even have benefited from these systems. One way to begin is by watching great movies or reading books that illustrate key aspects of systemic racism. The stories and images can shape our imaginations in powerful ways, and film can be a force for rewiring how viewers see the world off-screen, too.
As part of Calvary’s Racial Equity Initiative (REI) to recognize and to educate ourselves about systemic racism and to explore the unconscious bias in our own hearts and minds, we are launching a series of programs to help promote discussion and understanding. Discussing selected movies that illustrate the effects of systemic racism is one form of education. Be on the lookout for news about our Book Discussions too.
Register BELOW to join us online via Zoom to participate in a facilitated group discussion of the movie 13th. Important Note: Participants should watch the movie on your own prior to the event.
This month: 13th
Named after the 13th Amendment that abolished slavery in 1865, director Ava DuVernay’s Emmy-winning documentary draws a historical through-line between slavery and the mass incarceration of Black people in the United States. Challenging and confrontational, this documentary illustrates why millions have been calling for total police reform for years.
MPAA rating: NR
Commonsense Media Rating: for 16+ years old, with swearing and intense violence but an excellent film that covers every aspect of the current controversial racial issues: moral, sociological, and economic.
Watch the movie – http://www.avaduvernay.com/13th
We will also be providing opportunities to SERVE and to ADVOCATE.
Calvary’s Racial Equity Initiative statement of purpose:
We recommit to recognizing and dismantling racism and unconscious bias in our own hearts and minds, in the institution of the church, and in the broader culture. We will provide a space to process what we are seeing and learning and to discern our call as a community of faith to take action toward these goals. Our shared set of values and mission calls us to transform lives for Christ: that now calls us to transform our own lives to be less complicit in racist aspects of our culture, to transform the lives of those who have historically faced oppression by helping eradicate systemic racism disproportionately affecting them, and to be the hands and feet of Christ by opposing institutions and practices everywhere that deny the full humanity of all God’s children.