The Justice Ministry seeks to inform the HPCUMC congregation and community about topics of justice, exploring underlying causes and sources of injustice and encouraging actions that seek fairness and equity for all.
Summer Documentary and Book Discussions on Racial Justice
As our sermon series on racial justice concluded, our work is just beginning. The Justice Ministry will be hosting multiple ways for people to engage in education, discussion, and self-reflection about race. You are invited to participate in a monthly documentary film and discussion and/or choose a book to read and be part of a group discussion. For now, discussions will take place via Zoom.
Information about the Documentary Film and Discussion
Plan to watch the documentary before the discussion via Netflix. Please follow the links below to register your participation in the documentary discussion via Zoom.
13th Documentary Discussion
via Zoom on Sunday, June 28th from 7:00p-8:30p
13th, titled after the 13th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, explores the intersection of race, justice, and mass incarceration in the United State.
American Son Documentary Discussion
via Zoom on Sunday, July 26th from 7:00p-8:30p
American Son is a film based on the Broadway play of the same name. Frantic with worry, Kendra Ellis-Connor paces the waiting area of a Miami police station. Her 18-year-old son Jamal, a top student about to enter West Point, went out with friends early in the evening and, uncharacteristically, has neither returned or contacted her. Urgent questions arise concerning the degree to which race, gender, and class play into police procedure.
Information about the Book Discussion
Picking a book: White Like Me serves as a great introduction/overview for racial justice work and How to Be an Antiracist is an in-depth study for people who have done some prior work in their self-reflection and education. When you pick what book you want to study and discuss, we recommend that you purchase the book now and start reading. More information about scheduling the discussion will be coming soon.
White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son by Tim Wise
Using stories from his own life, Tim Wise examines what it really means to be white in a nation created to benefit people who are “white like him.” Explaining in clear and convincing language why it is in everyone’s best interest to fight racial inequality, Wise offers ways in which white people can challenge these unjust privileges, resist racism, and ultimately help to ensure the country’s personal and collective well-being.
How to Be an Antiracist by Dr. Ibram X. Kendi
Dr. Kendi weaves a combination of ethics, history, law, and science with his own personal story of awakening to antiracism. This is essential work for anyone who wants to go beyond the awareness to the next step: contributing to the formation of a just and equitable society.
Antiracism is a transformative concept that reorients and reenergizes the conversation about racism – and, even more fundamentally, points us toward liberating new ways of thinking about ourselves and each other. In How to Be an Antiracist, Dr. Kendi takes readers through a widening circle of antiracist ideas – from the most basic concepts to visionary possibilities – that will help readers see all forms of racism clearly, understand their poisonous consequences, and work to oppose them in our systems and in ourselves.