Gathering those who fear they are not enough, so we may experience grace, wholeness, and renewal as God’s beloved.
The Justice Ministry works to dismantle unjust systems in order to restore God’s vision of justice and equality in the world.
Team Leader: Karen Growney
Trip to Carlisle Indian School Cemetery
Trinity Presbyterian is very excited about a Field Trip we are sponsoring on March 4 to the Carlisle Indian School Cemetery in Carlisle Pennsylvania, about 2 hours’ drive from Arlington. This was one of the earliest schools created to “educate” Native American Children who were removed from their families. Many children died as a result. Jim Thorpe, the Olympian, attended this school.
We will carpool from Trinity’s parking lot in Arlington. The visit will include a driving/walking tour of different sites and a walking tour of the Cemetery. There will be a time a place for a picnic lunch. We will be guided by a volunteer for the nonprofit that is working to preserve the site and tell the story. If there are enough participants, we will rent a van rather than carpool.
For more information and to sign up to participate, click here
March 25 Shout Out for Justice: Remember Their Names
Please join the Falls Church faith community and neighbors on Saturday, March 25, for Shout Out for Justice from 12-1p.m. along Broad Street. We highlight that gun violence disproportionately impacts Black communities through racial hatred and police violence. Some of the victims in 2022 were Ruth Whitfield, age 86, Pearl Young, 77, Katherine Massey, 72, Heyward Patterson, 67, Celestine Chaney, 65, Geraldine Talley, 62, Aaron Salter, Jr.,55, Andre Mackniel, 53, Marcus Morrison, 52, and Roberta Drury, 32, who were murdered by a white supremacist while shopping or working at grocery store. Christopher Kelley, 38, Patrick Lyoya, 26, Donnell Rochester, 18, Amir Locke, 22, Patrick Lyoya, 26, Isaiah Tyree Williams, 19, Jason Walker, 37 Keshawn Thomas, 27, Alonzo Sentell Bagley, 43, Darius Holcomb, 39, and recently Tyre Nichols, 29, were killed by U.S. law enforcement. Black men and women are three times more likely to die by police interactions than whites. Let’s remember their names. We invite you to make a sign with the name of a Black person killed by racial hatred or police violence – or use one of ours – and meet us on the sidewalk adjacent to FCPC on March 25.
Shout Out for Justice
Silent Witness Against Racial Injustice
Stand in silent witness with us as we raise our signs to sustain awareness of racial injustice toward Black lives and all People of Color. Join us from noon to 1 p.m. every other week along Broad Street in front of Falls Church Presbyterian Church. Contact Carol Luten for more information.
Shout Out for Justice
Join us for our quarterly Shout Out for Justice. These gatherings focus on a particular issue or event, such as Juneteenth, Indigenous Peoples’ Day, acknowledging systemic racism and our Muslim siblings in faith at the start of Ramadan, and honoring the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Learn more here. Join our mailing list for updates.
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Stand with us
Falls Church Presbyterian is a member of VOICE (Virginians Organized for Interfaith Community Engagement). Learn more here.
Welcoming Falls Church
Welcoming Falls Church is a partnership between the City of Falls Church and Catholic Charities of Arlington to welcome refugees to our area. Learn more here.
The Social Justice Committee of Falls Church and Vicinity
The Social Justice Committee of Falls Church and Vicinity is a network of community members, civic organizations and faith groups exploring how to create a local culture united in diversity. The Committee’s vision is to “honor the diversity reflected in the many faces of our one community” with a mission of engendering hope, respect and healing.
Learn more here.
Dismantling White Supremacy
The Anti-Racism Daily is a media platform that provides education and actions to dismantle white supremacy. Through its daily newsletter, podcast, social media, and events, it rallies its audience to become more effective advocates for racial equity. Since its launch in June 2020, the organization has raised over $2.5M for community-based organizations and garnered a collective audience of 1M people.
Growing an Antiracist Identity
Louisville Seminary’s online anti-racism study takes approximately 90 minutes to complete and may be done individually or in small groups. Visit the Anti-racism Digital Library, curated by Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, for more resources on people, groups, and projects who are building inclusive and caring communities.
The Doors Project
The Doors Project is a display of Scripture across five doors, which originated at Annandale United Methodist Church (AUMC) in 2020. Artist Suzy Scollon was tasked with creating the artwork and display behind the message “Because Jesus is Lord, Black Lives are Sacred.” This is the message that through intention and hope is broadly shared among members of the faith community.
The Doors Project travels to and from different faith communities to share for an extended period of time. For additional background information on the Doors Project, please see this link: https://annandalechurch.com/blm-reflection2/
Looking for ways to support the fight against racism?
Here are some suggestions from our Justice Ministry Team
Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents, by Isabel Wilkerson
As Americans, when we hear the word caste, we automatically think of India. And yet, argues Pulitzer prize-winning author Isabel Wilkerson, a caste system built upon race has operated in the United States since before the founding of our country. Comparing our own social hierarchy with the societies of India and Nazi Germany, Wilkerson explores the eight pillars of caste that undergird such systems. She also reveals how the Nazi designers of the Jewish codes studied Jim Crow laws to develop their own system. And through achingly beautiful writing, her stories of living black, brown, or indigenous in America through the centuries provide the examples that undergird her argument. A must read!
The Healing Wisdom of Africa, by Malidoma Patrice Somé
An important aspect of social justice is healing. Through The Healing Wisdom of Africa, readers come to understand that the life of indigenous and traditional people is a model for an intimate relationship with the natural world that surrounds us and is within us. Malidoma Patrice Somé conveys through storytelling and other literary devices that ritual in the indigenous world is aimed at producing healing, and the loss of such healing in the modern world might be responsible for the loss of community that we see. Making ritual a part of daily life helps rekindle the intensity that keeps us on the path of our purpose and reminds us of the interconnectedness we all share.
Deep in the Sahara, by Kelly Cunnane and Hoda Hadadi
Recommended Age: Pre-K–3
Lalla, living in the Muslim country of Mauritania, longs to understand the beautiful malafa worn by her mother. The young girl’s story unfolds as she discovers that the malafa is a symbol of faith not just beauty. It’s illustrations and poetic style are highly engaging and perfect for teaching young readers about other belief systems and cultures as well as the associated clothing.
Lailah's Lunchbox, by Reem Faruqi
Recommended Age: Pre-K–3
Recently having moved from Abu Dhabi to America Lailah is nervous about having to explain to her teacher and classmates why she is not having lunch with her friends. Lailah has been waiting a long time to be old enough to participate in this time honored celebration of fasting during Ramadan and she is both excited and nervous. This story walks the reader through Lailah’s first experience fasting with her family and finding kindness in her American teachers and classmates. It’s the perfect introduction to Ramadan for children.
Stated Clerk Calls for Change
In light of recent events, the Stated Clerk of the PC(USA) has issued a video statement about how important it is to fight against racist acts and end systemic racism. For more information see the original article. We cannot wait for another name to attach to these horrific events and we cannot continue to be idle.
There are many ways to get involved in the life and ministry here at Falls Church Presbyterian. Whether you are looking to join a ministry team, serve others through our Welcome Table ministry, sing in the choir or simply find a community to call home, we welcome you and hope that you will find grace, wholeness, and renewal here.