Amos Group

Let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream. Amos 5:24

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The Amos Group was formed in mid-2020, as a part of CPC's mission and outreach, in response to the social unrest that intensified after the death of George Floyd in late May 2020.

The members of the Amos Group believe we are each called by God to stand up for people in God’s family -- people who have been harmed, intentionally or unintentionally, by systemic racism and by policies that have unfairly affected health and economic well-being and placed a ceiling on people’s advancement. The Amos Group is committed to help our church and our communities understand the history of racism and the laws, policies, and institutional barriers that are holding people back. In addition to seeking to understand and communicate the context and history of racism in our society, the Amos Group will help to facilitate conversations that recognize the role of White people in perpetuating those laws, policies, and barriers.

The Amos Group is committed to actively work on behalf of changes that will move our church, communities, and nation towards equity and justice for everyone. We are also committed to the hard work of identifying our own complicity in a system that privileges most of us – to do the self-examination that may identify our own racism, and to work to change ourselves.

In accordance with our statement of purpose and conviction -- “Following Christ, we stand against racism and strive for social justice” -- the Amos Group will work to accomplish its goals through study, conversation, advocacy and action.

Amos Group News

Updated 10/28/21

Donate Books for the Amos Group Lending Library: Do you have any books to offload? The Amos Group is looking for loans or donations of books that deal with the issues of systemic racism, injustice, and inequity. If you have any to contribute, please take them to the church office with a note that they are for the Amos Group Lending Library. The Amos Group resource listing below will identify which materials are available there. If you wish to borrow any materials, you can sign them out from the office.

 

Self Study Essays by Amos Group Study Leaders

April 2021 Gregg M.

May 2021 Janet P

June 2021 Ruth K.

August 2021 Kate R.

September 2021 Judy S. **NEW**

 

Please send your ideas and your comments to  Gregg Morton.

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Amos Group Resources

The Amos group has gathered resources that include books, articles, movies, TED talks, and webinars. We hope that it stimulates your growth, as it is doing with ours.

We are always adding new resources, so keep checking the resources files!

Amos Group Resources

New Webinars posted 10/6/21

The latest update to the webinars is the second in the series on how Christian doctrines supported the takeover of indigenous lands. The webinar will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 12, at noon. Here is the link for information about the series and for registration: https://www.mfsaweb.org/stealing-the-earth?eType=EmailBlastContent&eId=efc5422a-7be2-466f-b5f6-a696db553420

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Click the button above for the links to view.

Guest Sermon

Another thing worth checking out as you consider participating in the White Privilege groups is a sermon that was delivered at CPC on August 8 by the Rev. Stuart Barnes Jamieson. Here’s a link to the service from the CPC website. The sermon begins at about minute 18.

Amos Group Adult Ed

 

Fall 2021

Small Groups: We will soon be in touch with the people who have signed up for the White Privilege – Let’s Talk groups to coordinate schedules. We are excited to share this material with you! If you missed our September 30 deadline, please contact Gregg Morton. to see if there is a chance of still getting into a group.

(See above News Section for more information)

If you missed the 2020-2021 sessions, course materials and resources can be found below

Talking About Racism Detailed Course Des
Talking About Racism Detailed Course Des

Sunday, September 20, 2020

"Dialogue on Faith and Racism"

The Rev. Dr. Barbara Wilson from the Chicago Presbytery (bio here)

Participants will begin to consider the ways in which our Christian faith as Presbyterians informs our understanding of our Calling as the Church in relationship to systemic racism

 

Click here to watch a video for the session

 

Click here for lesson materials

Sunday, September 27

"Why Is It So Difficult to Talk About Racism; Racism 101"

Kris Veenbaas, Leader

Why Is It So Difficult to Talk About Racism:  Participants will begin to consider the ways in which our Christian faith as Presbyterians informs our understanding of our Calling as the Church in relationship to systemic racism. Kris Veenbaas is facilitating this Sunday's discussion on "Racism 101" and "Why it is so Difficult to talk about Racism?" 

 

 Why Is It so Difficult to Talk about Racism Handout

 

Racism 101 Handout

Racism 101 Slide Presentation

Sunday, October 4

"A History of Racism in the United States: 1492 – 1954 "

Amy Hall, Leader

How we are wrapped into our history even if we do not mean to be and are shaped by it?

History of Racism Part 1 Handout

History of Racism Part 2 Handout

History of Racism Parts 1 and 2 Slide Presentation

"The Color of Law" by Richard Rothstein review  

 

Sunday, October 11

"A History of Racism in the United States: 1954-present"

Geoff Silver, Leader

How we are wrapped into our history even if we do not mean to be and are shaped by it?

History of Racism Part 3 Handout

History of Racism Part 4 Handout

Sunday, October 18 from 10:45-11:45 am

"White Privilege and the Implications for Our Segregated Church"

Gregg Morton, Leader

What is White Privilege? We will work to unmask manifestations of white privilege in our everyday lives and discuss the impact of white privilege on people of color. Do Segregated Churches Imply Racism? Consider which is the call for the body of Christ – segregated worship or fully integrated worship

Reading Material:

"White Privilege"

"Do Segregated Churches Imply Racism?"

"White Privilege" Slide Presentation (handout version)

     Speaking notes

"Do Segregated Churches Imply Racism" Slide Presentation (handout version)

     Speaking notes

Sunday, January 17, 2021

10:45 am

"Is Affirmative Action Still Needed"

Leader: Gregg Morton

In this session, we will discuss

  • What is Affirmative Action

  • How does it work?

  • Pros and cons of continuing the program

Reading Material:

"Is Affirmative Action Still Needed?" Handout

"Is Affirmative Action Still Needed?" Powerpoint slide show

Sunday, January 24, 2021

10:45 am

"The Bible and Racism"

Leader: Amy Hall

Reading Material:

"The Bible and Racism" Part 1 Handout

"The Bible and Racism" Part 2 Handout

Sundays, March 7, 14, 21

Amos Group presents Dr. Reggie Williams from McCormick Seminary

Let's Talk: Church, Faith and Race 

Dr Williams, Associate Professor of Christian Ethics at McCormick Theological Seminary, will lead us in conversation. Click here to learn more about Dr. Williams.

March 14 Zoom Recording

March 21 Zoom Recording

(sorry, march 7 is unavailable)

 

March 7

Vocabulary of oppression: Problems related to race and racial oppression seem to be greater in recent years than they have been in quite some time. The language we use to describe it doesn’t help. If diagnosis determines treatment, it matters that we describe what is happening in the clearest way possible. This session will help us to understand what is happening with the language to describe the problem with an accurate diagnosis that will help enable followers of Christ to think about, and enact, solutions.

 

March 14

What Killed Bonhoeffer?: in 1945, the famed theologian, pastor, activist Dietrich Bonhoeffer was killed by the Nazis for his part in a resistance movement in opposition to them. The Nazi regime prized Germans who looked just like him, yet he became a traitor, vehemently opposed to them. But it was more than the Nazis who were the problem; they espoused a modern iteration of an ideology that predated them. Indeed, the ideology is not gone, but is alive today, exists in the United States, and it was in apartheid South Africa. It is what animated the Nazi wish dream for an Aryan Nation, and it is what killed Dietrich Bonhoeffer. What was it? What killed Bonhoeffer? How can we see it and work to eradicate it from our midst, today?

March 21

This class will focus on esthetics and the significance of how Jesus is portrayed in visual forms. Prepare for class by pondering what visual representations of Jesus have been important to you and why.

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