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21-Day Racial Justice Challenge

Day 1: Read the PC(USA) churchwide anti-racism policy, “Facing Racism: A Vision of the Intercultural Community,” at facingracism.org. Day 1 email

Day 2: Study the Week One lesson from the Facing Racism Study Guide. Day 2 email.

Day 3: Watch an updated version of the Clark doll experiment, which explores how early-in-life ideas of racial inferiority and superiority are internalized. (Additional item: read this story from the Boston Globe about impermanence.) Day 3 email.

Day 4: Study the Week Two lesson from the Facing Racism Study Guide. Day 4 email.

Day 5: Read the resolution of the 223rd General Assembly of the PC(USA) on environmental racism. Day 5 email.

Day 6: Watch the Presbyterian Hunger Program’s webinar, “Impact of Environmental Injustice on Low Income and Communities of Color.” Day 6 email.

Day 7: Read what youth at the 2016 Triennium learned about environmental racism. Day 7 email.

Day 8: Study the Week Three lesson from the Facing Racism Study Guide. Day 8 email.

Day 9: Choose a resource on the Doctrine of Discovery to read from facingracism.org. Day 9 email.

Day 10: Watch the PBS documentary “Unspoken: America’s Native American Boarding Schools.” (Additional item: watch this land recognition offering from the beginning of the 224th General Assembly.) Day 10 email.

Day 11: Take the awareness test. Go out and change what you notice. (Additional items: read "How Jesus became white" and "Growing up Black in all the wrong places.") Day 11 email.

Day 12: Study the Week Four lesson from the Facing Racism Study Guide. Day 12 email.

Day 13: Read the Confession of Belhar. Reflect on how your church is using and living into it. (Additional item: learn more about the context of the Confession of Belhar by clicking here.) Day 13 email.

Day 14: Visit the Presbyterian Intercultural Network’s website. Connect with a chapter near you or inquire about creating one. Day 14 email.

Day 15: Study the Week Five lesson from the Facing Racism Study Guide. (Additional item: Learn more about what it means to defund the police by reading this article.) Day 15 email.

Day 16: Watch the TED Talk “How to overcome our biases? Walk boldly toward them” by Verna Myers. (Additional item: Take the implicit bias test that is mentioned in the TED Talk. Click here, accept the disclaimer, then choose Race IAT from the list of tests.) Day 16 email.

Day 17: Read “White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack” by Peggy McIntosh. Day 17 email.

Day 18: Study the Week Six lesson from the Facing Racism Study Guide. Day 18 email.

Day 19: Notice the structures and practices in your church. Raise questions about how they help or hinder racial equity. (Additional items: Read this reflection The Borderlands as a way of seeing how we center some things as normal, and therefore understand other things as not normal. Then take a look at the Presbytery of Baltimore's Policy on Mandatory Dismantling Racism Training.) Day 19 email.

Day 20: Engage: Suggest studying the Facing Racism Study Guide as a church or mid council to your leaders. Day 20 email.

Day 21: Act: Commit to doing the challenge again. Invite someone to join you. Day 21 email.