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Whites' Own Racism Dismantling

Dear white people of Westminster,

Thanks in part to you, Westminster is a place that is welcoming, affirming and risk-taking.  Over the years many important conversations have happened to open hearts and minds, to speak truth in love, and to overcome ideas we were taught by family or society that made us less than our Christ selves.  We know this work is never done.

Last year, the Session added Confronting Racism and Increasing Affordable Housing as two new justice priorities for this time in the congregation's life.  As part of the Confronting Racism priority, a number of us who are white have felt the need to gather with others who may check the "white" box, and try to unpack and understand our own socialization within our country's racist history and ongoing system of white supremacy.

As a number of "white supremacists" gather this coming weekend in DC, we are reminded of how much work is left to be done.   Jesus said, "why look at the speck in an other's eye, while you have a log in your own."  It is important to turn the spotlight on ourselves.  Fortunately, we are a community that is ready for such challenging and important conversations.

You are invited to join us for an initial gathering Saturday evening, August 25, 6-8pm at Pat and John's retreat-like home right outside Manassas by the Bull Run Battlefield.  What a symbolic place for us to gather and begin this conversation.  A light supper will be provided and depending on the numbers, we may ask you to volunteer something to share.

Prayerfully consider this invitation and opportunity.  RSVP HERE
Childcare can be arranged there, if needed.  If you cannot make this one but want to be kept on the invitation list for future gatherings, please let us know.

We can carpool as well, so let us know if a ride would make it possible for you to attend.

Thanks be to God for this community and for your spirits that long and work for Christ's New Creation.

Warmly,
The Co-Pastors