12 Months of Anti-racism

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Not knowing where to start your anti-racism journey is hard. 

(It's also hard to know what to do next in today's climate.)

You want to:

Be a better person, but don't know where to start.

 

Broaden what you know about racism and white supremacy, but don't know what resources to use.

 

Grow as a human, and possibly as a Christian, but don't know if God has the answers.

 

Be part of the solution, but don't know where to turn for advice.

 

Leave frustration and inaction behind, but don't know what action to take.

That's why we developed the 12 Months of Anti-racism for Park Hill United Methodist Church (PHUMC) and the greater community.

 

You do not need to be a member of PHUMC or even Christian to be a part of our activities.

(Our motto, 'come grow your spirit with us' is an open invitation to anyone. Seriously... anyone.)

 

12 Months of Anti-racsim is a combination of lighter acitivities, like beer busts (virtually for now, hopefully in-person later in the year) and deeper ones, like attending a Zoom presentation and discussion on 'Understanding Unconscious Bias and Microaggressions:  The Path to Cross-Cultural Effectiveness.' 

 

Our hearts broke as the Black Lives Matter protest erupted last summer, exposing systematic racism and white supremacy within many long-standing American insititutions, companies, and organizations. It became worse when the Capitol Building was invaded during an attempted coup. 

 

But... we have hope that by exposing these wounds they can be healed.

12 Months of Anti-racsim can help you:

-Broaden your knowledge about current social issues.

 

-Grow as a person: spiritually, emotionally, and mentally.

 

-Take action.

 

-Meet likeminded people.

 

-Be a part of the solution.

 

-Learn what racism looks like today.

 

-Be woke and stay woke.

 

We believe God's love is for everyone. Seriously... everyone. It is how we guide ourselves through these trying times for our nation. We believe that loving ourselves and each other will see us through the darkness.

 

Learning both how to do that better and what actions we can take are the foundations of this year-long journey.

 

Looking for a place to start? Here it is.

What a one-off action? See the Calendar.

Want a year-long journey? See the Calendar.

12 Months of Anti-racism is for everyone. Seriously... everyone.

 


How to Join 12 Months of Anti-racsim

  1. Bookmark this page so that you can review the calendar each month to decide which activities you want to join.
  2. Sign up for the weekly email blast. (We are working on getting the sign up link on the website. For now, email Kelley Dawkins at KelleyDawkins@gmail.com and she'll manually add you.)
  3. Put a monthly reminder in your calendar to review the calendar each month.
  4. Put the activities in which you want to participate in your personal calendar so that you don't forget.
  5. Show up. Listen. Join a conversation. Be a better person through your thoughts and actions.

Calendar

Events and activities will be added and modified throughout the year, so check back monthly. 

January

  • Free sign up for 'The Ally' nudge text messages. For 1 month, this program will help you continue doing the work to be an ally to the Black community, all via text. Learn more and sign up for free here.
  • Buy a Black Lives Matter yard sign. We sold these for $30.00 starting in mid-2020 and there are a few left. Pay what you can or come get a sign for free. You can pick up BLM yard signs on Mondays from 11:30am - 12:30pm. Come to the Montview Street office entrance, on the red sidewalk and ring the doorbell.

    Should you choose to purchase your Black Lives Matter yard sign, all proceeds will be used to support our Missions Committee work around anti-racsim. You can make your purchase using one of the methods below:
     
  1. Mail checks made out to the church for $30.00 (or whatever price you wish) to 5209 Montview Blvd. Denver, CO 80207, for each yard sign write “BLM Sign” in the memo section.

  2. Text to Give: Text 877-959-7806; click the link and complete the fields with your donation amount under the Black Lives Matter Sign category. You may enter "Funds" in message and send to see a list of restricted fund areas.

  3. Visit phumc.org then click the “Give” link at the top of the page. Follow the instructions. Click on Black Lives Matter Sign or type BLM in the “Other” section.
     

  • Ongoing: Bell Ringing on Mondays

    We ring bells EVERY Monday at noon for eight minutes and 46 seconds in memory of George Floyd, rain or shine or snow or cold.  Our efforts are to raise awareness in our community about Black Lives Matter and to feel we are doing something.

     

    No bell ring experience required.  We ring randomly.  We require all ringers to wear gloves and masks and arrive around 11:45 on the north side of the church, near the Montview Boulevard office entrance.

     

    Persons are welcome to contact Ruth Ann with questions at ra-russell@comcast.net.
     

  • Pick up your copy of Caste by Isabel Wilkerson and start reading. In May, PHUMC will be using this book for a, "One Church, One Book" to study in various small groups and sermons throughout the month. More details to come.

    You can purchase your book through PHUMC (follow the same steps above for purchasing a Black Lives Matter yard sigh, put "Caste" in the memo sections of checks and the donation type online). Books can be picked up at PHUMC on Mondays between 11:30-12:15 or (less easily) mailed to you. To pickup in person, come to the Montview Street office entrance, on the red sidewalk and ring the doorbell.

    Books can also be purchased through
    Tattered Cover, which is arguably a Black owned bookstore. 
  • Monday, January 25th, 6:00-7:30pm: A special session of Race, Church and Society Action group on 'Unconscious Bias and Microagressions: The Path to Cross-cultural Effectiveness.'  

    In this session, Park Hiller,  Patty Powell, will help participants better understand the concept of unconscious bias, the origin of microaggressions, the impact on individuals and how we can raise our awareness of our own biases.  Patty will also describe steps we can take to engage in more inclusive behaviors. Zoom links will be available soon. Three years ago, Patty left the University of Denver Sturm College of Law  to launch Counsel for Counsel, LLC, a consulting business focused on coaching and training in the areas of diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging.
     

    Follow this link via Zoom.


  • Janurary 31st, 11:15am (after the worship service): Social Justice Fair.

    We are a faith community that "walks the talk" of social justice. Join us virtually in a church-wide conversation to find out more about our social justice areas of focus and how you can get invovled. The lessons of 2020 call us to love, mercy and do justice. 
    Let us be the hands and feet we are called to be in service to loving all of God's people.

Our social justice areas of focus: Racial Reconciliation, Poverty, Immigration, LGBTQIA+ Advocacy, and Creation Care (environmental justice).


Follow this link to join the fair via Zoom. Passcode: 116021

February

  • Beer Bust: Beer tasting with a local brewery to raise money for PHUMC's anti-racism efforts. Location TBD
     
  • Free sign up for 'The Ally' nudge text messages. For 1 month, this program will help you continue doing the work to be an ally to the Black community, all via text. Learn more and sign up for free here.

  • Ongoing: Bell Ringing on Mondays

    We ring bells EVERY Monday at noon for eight minutes and 46 seconds in memory of George Floyd, rain or shine or snow or cold.  Our efforts are to raise awareness in our community about Black Lives Matter and to feel we are doing something.

     

    No bell ring experience required.  We ring randomly.  We require all ringers to wear gloves and masks and arrive around 11:45 on the north side of the church, near the Montview Boulevard office entrance.

     

    Persons are welcome to contact Ruth Ann with questions at ra-russell@comcast.net.
     

  • Pick up your copy of Caste by Isabel Wilkerson and start reading. In May, PHUMC will be using this book for a, "One Church, One Book" to study in various small groups and sermons throughout the month. More details to come.

    You can purchase your book through PHUMC (follow the same steps above for purchasing a Black Lives Matter yard sigh, put "Caste" in the memo sections of checks and the donation type online). Books can be picked up at PHUMC on Mondays between 11:30-12:15 or (less easily) mailed to you. To pickup in person, come to the Montview Street office entrance, on the red sidewalk and ring the doorbell.

    Books can also be purchased through
    Tattered Cover, which is arguably a Black owned bookstore. 
  • Sunday, February 7th, after worship service, roughly 11:30am: A 2nd special session of Race, Church and Society Action group on 'Unconscious Bias and Microagressions: The Path to Cross-cultural Effectiveness.'  

    In this session, Park Hiller,  Patty Powell, will help participants better understand the concept of unconscious bias, the origin of microaggressions, the impact on individuals and how we can raise our awareness of our own biases.  Patty will also describe steps we can take to engage in more inclusive behaviors. Zoom links will be available soon. Three years ago, Patty left the University of Denver Sturm College of Law  to launch Counsel for Counsel, LLC, a consulting business focused on coaching and training in the areas of diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging.
     

    Follow this link via Zoom.
  • February 22nd (4th Monday of each month) at 6:00-7:30pm: Race, Church, and Society. A discussion group via Zoom. 

    ·         Do you want to go deeper in your understanding of race and racism in American history, institutions and culture?

    ·         Are you willing to undertake with others a journey of self-discovery about your own attitudes around race and your unconscious biases?

    ·         Would you like to figure out how you can be a better advocate for justice in your community, your church, your country?
    For our meetings, we may read and discuss books, articles, and movies, watch Ted Talks, and share our own experiences.  We’ll also suggest at least one action you can take each month to support people of color who are on the forefront of this fight for greater justice.
    Join the discussion via Zoom.

March

  • Ongoing: Bell Ringing on Mondays

    We ring bells EVERY Monday at noon for eight minutes and 46 seconds in memory of George Floyd, rain or shine or snow or cold.  Our efforts are to raise awareness in our community about Black Lives Matter and to feel we are doing something.

     

    No bell ring experience required.  We ring randomly.  We require all ringers to wear gloves and masks and arrive around 11:45 on the north side of the church, near the Montview Boulevard office entrance.

     

    Persons are welcome to contact Ruth Ann with questions at ra-russell@comcast.net.
     

  • Pick up your copy of Caste by Isabel Wilkerson and start reading. In May, PHUMC will be using this book for a, "One Church, One Book" to study in various small groups and sermons throughout the month. More details to come.

    You can purchase your book through PHUMC (follow the same steps above for purchasing a Black Lives Matter yard sigh, put "Caste" in the memo sections of checks and the donation type online). Books can be picked up at PHUMC on Mondays between 11:30-12:15 or (less easily) mailed to you. To pickup in person, come to the Montview Street office entrance, on the red sidewalk and ring the doorbell.

    Books can also be purchased through
    Tattered Cover, which is arguably a Black owned bookstore. 

April

  • Bakers Against Racism. More details to come in how to either purchase a box of baked goods or make some to donate. For now, you can visit the Bakers Against Racism website: www.BakersAgainstRacism.com
    The basic idea is that the bakers of PHUMC will bake goods and they will be put in boxes for others to purchase, with the funds going towards our anti-racism efforts.
     
  • Ongoing: Bell Ringing on Mondays

    We ring bells EVERY Monday at noon for eight minutes and 46 seconds in memory of George Floyd, rain or shine or snow or cold.  Our efforts are to raise awareness in our community about Black Lives Matter and to feel we are doing something.

     

    No bell ring experience required.  We ring randomly.  We require all ringers to wear gloves and masks and arrive around 11:45 on the north side of the church, near the Montview Boulevard office entrance.

     

    Persons are welcome to contact Ruth Ann with questions at ra-russell@comcast.net.
     

  • Pick up your copy of Caste by Isabel Wilkerson and start reading. In May, PHUMC will be using this book for a, "One Church, One Book" to study in various small groups and sermons throughout the month. More details to come.

    You can purchase your book through PHUMC (follow the same steps above for purchasing a Black Lives Matter yard sigh, put "Caste" in the memo sections of checks and the donation type online). Books can be picked up at PHUMC on Mondays between 11:30-12:15 or (less easily) mailed to you. To pickup in person, come to the Montview Street office entrance, on the red sidewalk and ring the doorbell.

    Books can also be purchased through
    Tattered Cover, which is arguably a Black owned bookstore. 
  • April 26th (4th Monday of each month) at 6:00-7:30pm: Race, Church, and Society. A discussion group via Zoom. 

    ·         Do you want to go deeper in your understanding of race and racism in American history, institutions and culture?

    ·         Are you willing to undertake with others a journey of self-discovery about your own attitudes around race and your unconscious biases?

    ·         Would you like to figure out how you can be a better advocate for justice in your community, your church, your country?
    For our meetings, we may read and discuss books, articles, and movies, watch Ted Talks, and share our own experiences.  We’ll also suggest at least one action you can take each month to support people of color who are on the forefront of this fight for greater justice.
    Join the discussion via Zoom.

May

  • Ongoing: Bell Ringing on Mondays

    We ring bells EVERY Monday at noon for eight minutes and 46 seconds in memory of George Floyd, rain or shine or snow or cold.  Our efforts are to raise awareness in our community about Black Lives Matter and to feel we are doing something.

     

    No bell ring experience required.  We ring randomly.  We require all ringers to wear gloves and masks and arrive around 11:45 on the north side of the church, near the Montview Boulevard office entrance.

     

    Persons are welcome to contact Ruth Ann with questions at ra-russell@comcast.net.
     

  • This month, PHUMC will be using Caste by Isabel Wilkerson book for a, "One Church, One Book" to study in various small groups and sermons throughout the month. More details to come.

    You can purchase your book through PHUMC (follow the same steps above for purchasing a Black Lives Matter yard sigh, put "Caste" in the memo sections of checks and the donation type online). Books can be picked up at PHUMC on Mondays between 11:30-12:15 or (less easily) mailed to you. To pickup in person, come to the Montview Street office entrance, on the red sidewalk and ring the doorbell.

    Books can also be purchased through
    Tattered Cover, which is arguably a Black owned bookstore. 
  • May 24th (4th Monday of each month) at 6:00-7:30pm: Race, Church, and Society. A discussion group via Zoom. 

    ·         Do you want to go deeper in your understanding of race and racism in American history, institutions and culture?

    ·         Are you willing to undertake with others a journey of self-discovery about your own attitudes around race and your unconscious biases?

    ·         Would you like to figure out how you can be a better advocate for justice in your community, your church, your country?
    For our meetings, we may read and discuss books, articles, and movies, watch Ted Talks, and share our own experiences.  We’ll also suggest at least one action you can take each month to support people of color who are on the forefront of this fight for greater justice.
    Join the discussion via Zoom.

June

  • June 26th or 27th, TBD: March in the Gay Pride Parade (hopefully in-person) with coordination through PHUMC's chior. More details to come.
     
  • Ongoing: Bell Ringing on Mondays

    We ring bells EVERY Monday at noon for eight minutes and 46 seconds in memory of George Floyd, rain or shine or snow or cold.  Our efforts are to raise awareness in our community about Black Lives Matter and to feel we are doing something.

     

    No bell ring experience required.  We ring randomly.  We require all ringers to wear gloves and masks and arrive around 11:45 on the north side of the church, near the Montview Boulevard office entrance.

     

    Persons are welcome to contact Ruth Ann with questions at ra-russell@comcast.net.
     

  • June 28th (4th Monday of each month) at 6:00-7:30pm: Race, Church, and Society. A discussion group via Zoom. 

    ·         Do you want to go deeper in your understanding of race and racism in American history, institutions and culture?

    ·         Are you willing to undertake with others a journey of self-discovery about your own attitudes around race and your unconscious biases?

    ·         Would you like to figure out how you can be a better advocate for justice in your community, your church, your country?
    For our meetings, we may read and discuss books, articles, and movies, watch Ted Talks, and share our own experiences.  We’ll also suggest at least one action you can take each month to support people of color who are on the forefront of this fight for greater justice.
    Join the discussion via Zoom.

July

  • Beer Bust: location TBD. If you know of an interested bar or brewery, please contact Kelley Dawkins at KelleyDawkins@gmail.com
     
  • Ongoing: Bell Ringing on Mondays

    We ring bells EVERY Monday at noon for eight minutes and 46 seconds in memory of George Floyd, rain or shine or snow or cold.  Our efforts are to raise awareness in our community about Black Lives Matter and to feel we are doing something.

     

    No bell ring experience required.  We ring randomly.  We require all ringers to wear gloves and masks and arrive around 11:45 on the north side of the church, near the Montview Boulevard office entrance.

     

    Persons are welcome to contact Ruth Ann with questions at ra-russell@comcast.net.
     

  • July 26th (4th Monday of each month) at 6:00-7:30pm: Race, Church, and Society. A discussion group via Zoom. 

    ·         Do you want to go deeper in your understanding of race and racism in American history, institutions and culture?

    ·         Are you willing to undertake with others a journey of self-discovery about your own attitudes around race and your unconscious biases?

    ·         Would you like to figure out how you can be a better advocate for justice in your community, your church, your country?
    For our meetings, we may read and discuss books, articles, and movies, watch Ted Talks, and share our own experiences.  We’ll also suggest at least one action you can take each month to support people of color who are on the forefront of this fight for greater justice.
    Join the discussion via Zoom.

August

  • Kick-off to School: Speaker or panel presentation about anti-racism / racism in schools. Details TBD.
     
  • Ongoing: Bell Ringing on Mondays

    We ring bells EVERY Monday at noon for eight minutes and 46 seconds in memory of George Floyd, rain or shine or snow or cold.  Our efforts are to raise awareness in our community about Black Lives Matter and to feel we are doing something.

     

    No bell ring experience required.  We ring randomly.  We require all ringers to wear gloves and masks and arrive around 11:45 on the north side of the church, near the Montview Boulevard office entrance.

     

    Persons are welcome to contact Ruth Ann with questions at ra-russell@comcast.net.
     

  • August 23rd (4th Monday of each month) at 6:00-7:30pm: Race, Church, and Society. A discussion group via Zoom. 

    ·         Do you want to go deeper in your understanding of race and racism in American history, institutions and culture?

    ·         Are you willing to undertake with others a journey of self-discovery about your own attitudes around race and your unconscious biases?

    ·         Would you like to figure out how you can be a better advocate for justice in your community, your church, your country?
    For our meetings, we may read and discuss books, articles, and movies, watch Ted Talks, and share our own experiences.  We’ll also suggest at least one action you can take each month to support people of color who are on the forefront of this fight for greater justice.
    Join the discussion via Zoom.

September

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  • Ongoing: Bell Ringing on Mondays

    We ring bells EVERY Monday at noon for eight minutes and 46 seconds in memory of George Floyd, rain or shine or snow or cold.  Our efforts are to raise awareness in our community about Black Lives Matter and to feel we are doing something.

     

    No bell ring experience required.  We ring randomly.  We require all ringers to wear gloves and masks and arrive around 11:45 on the north side of the church, near the Montview Boulevard office entrance.

     

    Persons are welcome to contact Ruth Ann with questions at ra-russell@comcast.net.
     

  • September 27th (4th Monday of each month) at 6:00-7:30pm: Race, Church, and Society. A discussion group via Zoom. 

    ·         Do you want to go deeper in your understanding of race and racism in American history, institutions and culture?

    ·         Are you willing to undertake with others a journey of self-discovery about your own attitudes around race and your unconscious biases?

    ·         Would you like to figure out how you can be a better advocate for justice in your community, your church, your country?
    For our meetings, we may read and discuss books, articles, and movies, watch Ted Talks, and share our own experiences.  We’ll also suggest at least one action you can take each month to support people of color who are on the forefront of this fight for greater justice.
    Join the discussion via Zoom.

October

  • Beer Bust: location TBD. If you know of an interested bar or brewery, please contact Kelley Dawkins at KelleyDawkins@gmail.com.
     
  • Ongoing: Bell Ringing on Mondays

    We ring bells EVERY Monday at noon for eight minutes and 46 seconds in memory of George Floyd, rain or shine or snow or cold.  Our efforts are to raise awareness in our community about Black Lives Matter and to feel we are doing something.

     

    No bell ring experience required.  We ring randomly.  We require all ringers to wear gloves and masks and arrive around 11:45 on the north side of the church, near the Montview Boulevard office entrance.

     

    Persons are welcome to contact Ruth Ann with questions at ra-russell@comcast.net.
     

  • October 25th (4th Monday of each month) at 6:00-7:30pm: Race, Church, and Society. A discussion group via Zoom. 

    ·         Do you want to go deeper in your understanding of race and racism in American history, institutions and culture?

    ·         Are you willing to undertake with others a journey of self-discovery about your own attitudes around race and your unconscious biases?

    ·         Would you like to figure out how you can be a better advocate for justice in your community, your church, your country?
    For our meetings, we may read and discuss books, articles, and movies, watch Ted Talks, and share our own experiences.  We’ll also suggest at least one action you can take each month to support people of color who are on the forefront of this fight for greater justice.
    Join the discussion via Zoom.

November

  • Something to celebrate the harvest. If in-person is possible, then a potluck. TBD
     
  • Ongoing: Bell Ringing on Mondays

    We ring bells EVERY Monday at noon for eight minutes and 46 seconds in memory of George Floyd, rain or shine or snow or cold.  Our efforts are to raise awareness in our community about Black Lives Matter and to feel we are doing something.

     

    No bell ring experience required.  We ring randomly.  We require all ringers to wear gloves and masks and arrive around 11:45 on the north side of the church, near the Montview Boulevard office entrance.

     

    Persons are welcome to contact Ruth Ann with questions at ra-russell@comcast.net.
     

  • November 22nd (4th Monday of each month) at 6:00-7:30pm: Race, Church, and Society. A discussion group via Zoom. 

    ·         Do you want to go deeper in your understanding of race and racism in American history, institutions and culture?

    ·         Are you willing to undertake with others a journey of self-discovery about your own attitudes around race and your unconscious biases?

    ·         Would you like to figure out how you can be a better advocate for justice in your community, your church, your country?
    For our meetings, we may read and discuss books, articles, and movies, watch Ted Talks, and share our own experiences.  We’ll also suggest at least one action you can take each month to support people of color who are on the forefront of this fight for greater justice.
    Join the discussion via Zoom.

December

  • Support ongoing fundraisers, such as the Center for Health & Hope (Giving Tree).
     
  • Holy Days Concert: Details TBD
     
  • Ongoing: Bell Ringing on Mondays

    We ring bells EVERY Monday at noon for eight minutes and 46 seconds in memory of George Floyd, rain or shine or snow or cold.  Our efforts are to raise awareness in our community about Black Lives Matter and to feel we are doing something.


    No bell ring experience required.  We ring randomly.  We require all ringers to wear gloves and masks and arrive around 11:45 on the north side of the church, near the Montview Boulevard office entrance.


    Persons are welcome to contact Ruth Ann with questions at ra-russell@comcast.net.

  • December 27th (maybe, because it is Christmas week, so we may take a break) (4th Monday of each month) at 6:00-7:30pm: Race, Church, and Society. A discussion group via Zoom. 

    ·         Do you want to go deeper in your understanding of race and racism in American history, institutions and culture?

    ·         Are you willing to undertake with others a journey of self-discovery about your own attitudes around race and your unconscious biases?

    ·         Would you like to figure out how you can be a better advocate for justice in your community, your church, your country?
    For our meetings, we may read and discuss books, articles, and movies, watch Ted Talks, and share our own experiences.  We’ll also suggest at least one action you can take each month to support people of color who are on the forefront of this fight for greater justice.
    Join the discussion via Zoom.