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Dismantling racism requires not only that each of us act as an ally, but also that we join to make an institutional response. In concert with adult members, participants can help make your congregations more welcoming and more assertive in its social and racial justice actions.
The driving question for a congregational audit is a Window Question: How can our congregation act as social and racial justice allies? Lead the group in an audit to determine when, where, why and how the congregation acts or can begin to act as a social and racial justice ally in the local community.
Invite participants to help shape a format for an audit of the congregation's recent and current social and racial justice work. The group might decide to survey congregational members about their involvement, interview people for an article in the congregation newsletter and/or create a photo essay.
Work as a group to identify, through the newsletters or conversations with members, your congregations' committees, funds, initiatives or partnerships that promote social and racial justice. Identify sources, including people in the congregation who are involved in solidarity activities. Help them formulate questions about the motivation for the social or racial justice work, why activists think it is important, and how the activists hope to be effective. Consider some of these questions:
After the audit is complete, process the results as a group. Ask the children:
Invite and help the children to write an item for the congregation's newsletter or website to share their findings—and suggestions for future projects—with members.
Be sure every child has a role in designing and conducting the congregational audit. Participants who are not comfortable with an assignment to interview adults or older youth may prefer a visual arts, writing, research or other behind-the-scenes role.
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Last updated on Thursday, October 27, 2011.
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