Racial Equity Initiative: Movies to Watch, Educate, and Discuss Together
Register for online discussion below.
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 on the third Sunday of each month at 4 pm (PT) to participate in a facilitated group discussion of a movie listed below. Important Note: Participants should watch the movie on your own prior to the event.
October 18: Harriet
Based on the thrilling and inspirational life of an iconic American freedom fighter, Harriet Tubman, whose work freeing slaves through the Underground Railroad has earned her a prominent spot in history books, but never her own feature film. The movie delves into the personal and political nuances of her bravery.
MPAA rating: PG-13
Commonsense Media Rating: for 12+ years old, some swearing and violence.
Watch the movie – https://www.focusfeatures.com/harriet
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.