Racial Equity Initiative: Movies to Watch, Educate, and Discuss Together
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/RSVP below to receive a secure link to Zoom to join this online discussion. Important Note: Participants should watch the movie on your own prior to the event.
This month: Asian Americans: Breaking Ground (Episode One of the PBS Series)
Asian Americans is an important five-part PBS documentary series portraying the significant contributions and heart-breaking challenges of Asian Americans, currently the fastest-growing ethnic minority in America. Breaking Ground, the first episode, covers the era of U.S. expansion and empire when new immigrants arrived from China, India, Japan, the Philippines, and beyond. These early immigrants built the railroads, fought for integrated schools (in San Francisco!), and carried their cause for equality all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. Yet they experienced persistent discrimination and prejudice, leading to the 1882 Chinese Exclusion Act, the first of many U.S. laws barring immigrants based on their race. Breaking Ground recounts personal stories about these families, and new academic research provides a fresh lens on our combined histories as Americans.
You can find out more and watch for free on PBS here.
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.