ANTIRACISM WORK

ANTIRACISM WORK & RESOURCES

NEXT Church believes “To be a Christian is to be continuously undone and remade by a Savior who encounters us in ways we might not expect, through a collection of people we might otherwise reject, screen, or censor.”1 That belief grounds our individual and collective work of interrupting patterns of racism and white supremacy. These are not problems to be solved, but rather processes of learning and transformation – to be undone and remade by a loving Savior. Antiracism is a challenging journey, but it is one that promises life.

We pray these resources will be helpful to you on the journey.

This four-session recorded webinar series seeks to offer participants language and frameworks they can use to talk about systemic racism and white supremacy in effective and nuanced ways.

Whether your leadership has been centered in racial justice for decades or you are yearning to take steps to embody antiracist values in your ministry, this coaching cohort will offer a space to learn, explore, and practice bringing racial justice to the core of your leadership.

NEXT Church has a team of trained coaches and facilitators to accompany individuals, groups, and churches in their work to interrupt patterns of white supremacy and deepen their understanding of antiracist practices and actions.

At past National Gatherings, prophets among us have spoken important words, challenged the church, and called us to action around matters of racism, systems of oppression, and white supremacy.

The Sarasota Statement

At its 2017 National Gathering, NEXT Church released a new confessional statement in response to the current state of the church and world. It’s called the Sarasota Statement, and it was made possible by a partnership between NEXT Church and the Presbyterian Foundation. In 2020, in the wake of the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and too many others, as well as in light of the seismic challenge of the COVID-19 pandemic and other crises, the original writers of the Sarasota Statement gathered again virtually over a period of months to consider how they might reframe and re-engage the Sarasota Statement in the context of 2020. The result of their reconvening is a new prologue to the original statement, which speaks particularly to the changes of the last few years and our current realities.