In July of 2020, the Reformed Church Center began a discussion on the subject of race and systemic racism in the United States, which has been pushed to the forefront of our consciousness, reminding Christians are being that people of faith, and especially people of Reformed faith, have a gift and an obligation to stand against racism and work for justice. We are called to be at the center of this conversation. As we discussed the need and possibilities for facilitating such a conversation, prophetically and pastorally, in our congregations, there was fruitful discussion, but it only began to scratch the surface. Most of the participants said the conversation needed to continue.
Recognizing that need, the Center has scheduled a second webinar, on “Things You Can Do to Make Your Congregation Anti-Racist” for Saturday, January 16, 2021, at 10:00 am Eastern Time. The program, which will last sixty to ninety minutes, will feature a presentation by Earl James, retired Coordinator for the African America/Black Council of the Reformed Church in America as well as retired Coordinator for Advocacy in the RCA. In this work, he has assisted RCA African American congregations and people, and others as well, find and walk pathways to living more fully into the Biblical vision of shalom and the human hope of the beloved community. His previous denominational roles involved increasing cultural agility, multiracial initiatives, and justice. An elder in the RCA, Earl is married to Norma Coleman-James, and has two adult daughters, a son-in-law, and three grandchildren.