10:30am Sunday Worship Service (streaming online)
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THIS WEEK’S TOPIC
“Looking Through the Veil: A Reflection on Systemic Racism”
In honor of Black History Month, I wished to reflect on systemic racism by using the metaphor of a veil.
People of color live their lives with a different set of perceptions about the world around them, which is different from that of Anglo-European whites. This set of perspectives is in response to racism’s constant presence, in all its forms, from overt to subtle.
When people of color attempt to get others to look through the veil – to see what life is like for people of color, the response is likely to be anger, confusion, or denial.
The veil metaphor represents everything that obscures Anglo-European whites from seeing the reality of life as experienced by people of color.
Some Anglo-European whites can see through the veil, at least partially; some cannot; some have no interest in seeing through this veil; some occasionally see through the veil – and are changed by that experience. Some are not.
In the service, we will try to peer through the veil by hearing stories from two of the Fellowship’s members, Joyce Porter and Jenny Kim. I will share some context and commentary. I look forward to seeing you Sunday.
People of color must continually adapt to the influence of racism.
Speaker: Rev. Ed Brock
Worship Leader: Raphael Vidi