First Presbyterian and Saint James Presbyterian members pray together during our churches’ joint Service of Celebration and Reconciliation on Oct. 29, 2017.
Four of our church’s 12 founding members in 1824 were enslaved people. The fact that our nation’s original sin was present at the birth of our church saddens us, and it reminds us that our church must continue to work for a more just society.
In 2017 we joined with Saint James Presbyterian, our sister church which was founded by former enslaved people from our church following the Civil War, for a Service of Celebration and Reconciliation. This service launched a series of joint events and conversations between our churches.
We seek to foster a world grounded in the Christian values of love, acceptance, inclusion, and equity for all people. As a Matthew 25 church, we have committed to dismantling systemic racism and promoting racial equity.
Our Racial Equity Ministry Team invites you to use these resources from FPC’s ministries:
30-Day Journey: Take this self-paced journey to understand and address issues of power, privilege, and systemic racism. See the Fox 8 story on this project.
Deconstructing Racism at FPC: Our Past, Present and Future.
The Cross and the Lynching Tree by James Cone. Director of Discipleship Matt Logan and Rev. Keith Dove discuss this important reflection on race and the church.
Related thoughts from our pastors and staff on the First Elm Notes blog.
Children’s Storytime: Let’s Read and Talk about Race Together: Families can listen together in hopes of sparking age-appropriate conversation about race. The books were collected from the International Civil Rights Center & Museum here in Greensboro. This playlist includes eight videos and recommended parent resources.
TED Talks for Youth
- “Racism has a cost for everyone” with reflection guide..
- Rich Benjamin’s “My road trip through the whitest towns in America” with guide
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