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.
This month: Hidden Figures tells the incredible true story of three female African American mathematicians working at NASA in the early years of the space program, focusing on their crucial roles in the success of astronaut John Glenn’s launch into orbit. It gives a behind the scenes view of their brilliance and persistence as well as their battles with racism and sexism in the Jim Crow era. Hidden Figures is available on a variety of platforms, including YouTube, Disney+, Amazon, and Hulu.
Little known fact—one of the three main characters, Katherine Johnson, was a Presbyterian elder, who died last year.
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.