As Rochester continues to struggle with our turn in the racial justice spotlight, we at Asbury First are looking for ways to respond faithfully both in this moment and beyond. Many have asked what we can do right now as individuals and as a congregation to confront the realities of racism in our community. Below are just some of the ways, in addition to prayer, that we can participate in at this moment:
- STAY INFORMED: As details are constantly changing, we are creating a special Racial Justice page here with links to some of the organizations and community-led anti-racist efforts. While we recognize the list will not be exhaustive, our hope is to regularly update it with resources so that we can all stay informed and connected.
- SHOW UP: Whether virtually or in person, we encourage you to attend a peaceful protest, a town hall meeting, or one of the many interfaith prayer vigils. If you choose to attend in person, please use a face mask and do your best to maintain social distancing.
- STEP UP: Resist the temptation to tune this moment out. Nothing changes if nothing changes. This is a moment to listen, to engage in hard conversations, and to spend some honest time reflecting on our own behaviors and attitudes as it relates to race. As we get into the fall, we will be looking for ways that Asbury First can support formal conversations about racial justice. Look for more details soon.
- READ UP: There are many fantastic books that can help us better understand this moment. In particular, we encourage you to read books by people of color that can help us all gain a new perspective.
- DONATE: We have created a specially designated fund called the Racial Justice Advocacy Fund to which any may contribute. These funds will be distributed to local organizations and community efforts that are committed to ending racism in Rochester. The use of this fund will be determined by the Racial Justice Advocacy Team in consultation with pastoral leadership. Click here to donate.
These are just some of the ways that we as Christians can respond to this moment. As others arise, we will share them. Thank you for your patience as we navigate these times together, and for your commitment to do more good in this community.