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Racial Justice Journey

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This project was birthed out of a book study. In a moment of.our nation's reckoning with systemic racism and the 

Anti-Racism Conversations

All members of the First Pres community are invited to gather on the 3rd Sunday of every month from noon - 1:00 p.m. to participate in regular Anti-Racism conversations.  These times are a chance for people to share what they are continuing to learn about racism in our country and community and to encourage one another as we seek to speak, think and act in anti-racist ways.  If you would like more information, contact Director of Christian Education Sara Pantazes at spantazes@firstpreswc.com.

Summer Book Study 

During the summer of 2020, members of First Pres came together to learn in hopes of better understanding the effects of racism in our country and how we, as people of faith, can respond with and through God's love.  Three book discussion groups were formed to read White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About RacismHow To Be an Anti-Racist, and Dear Church: A Love Letter from a Black Preacher to the Whitest Denomination in the US.  

Additional Resources

One response for people of faith in this situation is to seek to learn more about racism's history and its current place in our country. By understanding the problem we can better hope to become part of the solution. We have created a list of books, movies, and other online resources as a place to start. What would you add to this list? Let us know!

The video above is the recording from a webinar that Pastor Caroline Cupp participated in. The webinar was hosted by Pennsylvania House Democrats and facilitated by Rep. Christina Sappey. 

Racial Justice Protest March

On Saturday, June 27, 2020 the youth of Sanji Strong organized a racial justice protest march through the streets of downtown West Chester.  As one of our community partners, several members of First Pres were eager to show their support by providing water bottles, cheering them on along the route, and marching with them.  You can read more about the march through the Daily Local's article and see photos from local photographer Peter Guman below. 

Photos by Peter Guman: pgumanphoto.com

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