Facing Racism Program

With our Facing Racism Program we acknowledge that we have work to do as a community. We know that racism is systemic, it is pervasive, and it is oppressive. Racism is at times blatant and at other times subtle. Regardless of its form, racism is unjust. We know at FPC that we do not have a history without blemishes in this area, and that we still have much to learn. We aim to listen, educate ourselves, raise awareness where we can, and work against racism in an effort to help build the Beloved Community.

In June 2020, First Church accepted the invitation of the PC(USA) to become a Matthew 25 church, choosing the focus area of dismantling structural racism. The Session answered this call of the denomination knowing that the shift to equity will only be fully realized  if those of us who want to see change in the United States lean in and commit to doing the necessary and difficult work required of us. In accepting this invitation, FPC made a commitment to antiracism work with our staff, lay leadership, and congregation. This work is taking place through continued educational and service work, the development of stronger community partnerships, an emphasis on intersectionality, and collaboration with our Social Justice Advocacy Action Group to work for impactful change toward racial justice.

Ways to Get Involved

  • Join the Facing Racism Action Group
  • Bring non-perishable food on communion Sundays for Church of Gethsemane
  • Participate in a Harlem Grown workday April-November
  • Attend a Facing Racism Roundtable discussion on current events
  • Participate in letter-writing activities for Project Connect with Church of Gethsemane
  • Volunteer individually with one of our partner organizations
  • Attend educational and cultural outings
  • Let us know you’re interested in getting involved here so we can contact you.

Educational Resources

  • Please follow the link here for resources to use in your own time for reading, listening, and learning about racial justice.

Partner Organizations

Please follow the links below to learn more about our partner organizations in the LGBTQ program and to find out how you can get more involved with their work individually!