exploring racial justice, Diversity, and inclusion

what are Anti-racist Values?

adapted from crossroads anti-racism organizing and training

Both/And thinking

with a bias toward action: Acknowledges that multiple realities and

various ways of doing things are valued. We work through differences to find solutions that

honor the gifts of everyone in the community. Bias toward action means not allowing

conflict to paralyze us into indecision and immobility.

Abundant Worldview

If we operate from premise of “Abundance is all around, how can we access it?” Questions about resources and who controls them
begin to shift. Power is shared and innovation is possible.

Transparent Communication

Inclusive processes take longer to come to consensus, but once a decision is made, implementation is quicker.
Trust is important to transparent communication, allowing individuals to make mistakes and recover from them without being scapegoated by the institution.

Cooperation & collaboration

foster individual creativity and courage. Protecting an
ethos of cooperation & collaboration extends the boundaries of race and power so that the
distributed gifts of God are released; we can do more, do it better, and joy and pleasure kick-start the creative process.

  • Ongoing anti-racism coaching for our pastors.
  • An 8-week training course for our Session, ministry and leaders.
  • A congregation-wide, introductory class entitled Racial Equity as a Spiritual Practice with five sessions:

Session 1: What is Systemic Racism?

Session 2: How are Systemic and Structural Racism Connected to the Ideology of White Supremacy?

Session 3: What is the relationship between power and racism?

Session 4: How has Christianity, actively and passively, upheld and legitimized racism and white supremacy?

Session 5: What is antiracism?

We hope to offer this class again in 2024.

The tools, language and understanding we developed in these training sessions are guiding our ongoing anti-racism work at DCC.  Our work is imperfect and always in process.  Some recent highlights of our efforts include:

  • Re-working our liturgy for World Communion Sunday.
  • Re-working the scholarship program for our Integrated Spirituality offerings
  • Adopting a policy to more intentionally support immigrant workers on staff by covering 100% of visa/green card expenses for employees and 50% for their spouses.
  • Including a Land Acknowledgement in the opening of our service.
  • Opening each of our Session (church board) meetings by reviewing the values that ground our anti-racism commitment.