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Activity time: 5 minutes

Materials for Activity

  • Worship table or designated space
  • Chalice, candle, and lighter or LED/battery-operated candle
  • List of this workshop's goals
  • Covenant established in Workshop 1

Description of Activity

Light the chalice or invite a participant to light it while you read these words from Rebecca Parker aloud.

It is not enough to think of racism as a problem of "human relations," to be cured by me and others like me treating everyone fairly, with respect and without prejudice. Racism is more: It is a problem of segregated knowledge, mystification of facts, anesthetization of feeling, exploitation of people, and violence against the communion/community of our humanity. My commitment to racial justice is both on behalf of the other-my neighbor, whose well-being I desire-and for myself, to whom the gift of life has been given but not yet fully claimed. I struggle neither as a benevolent act of social concern nor as a repentant act of shame and guilt, but as an act of desire for life, of passion for life, of insistence on life-fueled by both love for life and anger in face of the violence that divides human flesh.

Remind participants of the spirit of their covenant.

Share the goals of this workshop.

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