Luminary Walk for Equity & Love

Saturday February 13th, 6-9pm

Take Steps for Equity & Love

Our commitment to anti-racism is illuminated in the steps we take to educate ourselves and work for change. On Valentine’s weekend, walk the nature trail beautifully lit with ice luminaries created by our Westwood community and reflect on our place in God’s world to build equity and show love.

Masks and social distancing required; all ages are welcome! The entrance to the trail is at the berm, at the top of the West parking lot. Be ready for off-road trail walking down by the lake. Bring a hot beverage to enjoy!

Make Ice Luminaries!

Help us light the trail by creating ice luminaries. This is an easy winter project- we hope you will make a bunch! All you need is water, buckets/containers, and a few cold Minnesota nights.

Check out our Pinterest page for DIY ice luminary ideas: https://pin.it/2hkmukP

Deliver your ice luminaries to Westwood anytime between Saturday Feb. 6th– Friday Feb 12th. Put them under the blue tarp near the West parking lot (we will put them on the trail). Candle donations (that stay lit for 3+ hours) are appreciated!

Support BBIA Organizations

Another way to step forward in anti-racism is by supporting Black, Brown, Indigenous, and Asian (BBIA) organizations. As you make ice luminaries or come to walk the trail, we encourage you to make a donation (any amount is appreciated!). Here are a few organizations to consider:

Tubman: https://www.tubman.org/

African American Leadership Forum: https://tcaalf.com/

Ujamaa Place: https://ujamaaplace.org/

Tonight (Oct 9): PBS KIDS Talk About Race and Racism

Keep the conversation about race and racism going with your kids! This is a great anti-racism resource for families- it includes a discussion guide that supports the 30 minute program.

Find the program and discussion guide here: https://www.pbs.org/parents/talking-about-racism

The new special, “PBS KIDS Talk About: Race & Racism,” premieres October 9! The half-hour program will feature authentic conversations between real children and their parents, and will include content from PBS KIDS series Daniel Tiger’s NeighborhoodArthur and Xavier Riddle and the Secret Museum. The show will feature kids and their parents talking about race and racial justice-related topics in an age-appropriate way, such as noticing differences in race, understanding what racism can look like, and embracing the role we all have to play in standing up for ourselves and each other — offering viewers ideas to build on as they continue these important conversations at home.

https://www.pbs.org/parents/talking-about-racism

Kids TV Shows: Celebrating Anti-Racism and Diversity

Pastor Miriam shared a new Anti-Racism parenting resource with us! It’s from USA Today, ‘Everything starts at home’: Kids’ TV shows that teach anti-racism, celebrate diversity https://www.usatoday.com/story/entertainment/tv/2020/08/26/kids-tv-shows-teach-anti-racism-celebrate-diversity/5606178002/

There are so many influences in our kids lives without even leaving the house! The books they read, songs they hear, the shows they watch, etc. – it can be super overwhelming! This article offers great options for screen time!

For younger kids- Sesame Street created a Racism Town Hall with CNN. It’s not just great for kids, parents get a lesson on age-appropriate conversations about race! https://www.cnn.com/2020/06/06/app-news-section/cnn-sesame-street-race-town-hall-app-june-6-2020-app/index.html?_ga=2.161739578.74954184.1598888086-1761221464.1598888085

It also links to Common Sense Media’s site with a collection of ‘TV Shows with Diverse Characters’ https://www.commonsensemedia.org/lists/tv-shows-with-diverse-characters?_ga=2.66262952.74954184.1598888086-1761221464.1598888085

More Anti-Racism Resources

Who am I? Deepening Our Conversations About Race.
Friends, our world is reminding us, yet again, that we have work to do and that it’s everyone’s work to do. It isn’t a box we get to check. Our work continues and is imperative as we begin to understand systemic racism more fully.

As Westwood Staff, we’re committed to doing this anti-racism work with you. We’ve done some digging to find resources that will help you in this work and we want to pass it along because it has been helpful to us in our anti-racism work.

As Jen said in the post below, we’d love to hear from you about resources you have found helpful, and we’ll keep adding to these lists! Send us what you’re reading, and watching and listening to, so that others can learn alongside you! You’ll keep seeing this logo as we keep adding to our lists!

Anti-Racism Resources for Middle and High School Youth and Their Parents: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1qR0YT4Xa0_I6yufxhpzxjWLx7tAiOdhE1MBBdhc8ToA/edit?usp=sharing

Anti-Racism Parenting Resources

During this past Lent, we looked more closely at our own racial identity, how racism has shaped our lives, and developed anti-racism skills with the theme, ‘Who am I? Deepening our Conversation About Race’. 

Anti-racism work is never done.

This post includes the parent resources that were provided during Lent to support our work in raising race-conscious, anti-racist kids.

If you have additional resources to share with our community- please let me know! j.mohr@westwood.church

Anti-Racism Parenting Resources: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1AIN6qgGmX8duOvPAyt6LwZXvsQYkjzwf8Xcg9ckycCY/edit?usp=sharing

At-Home Worship: A Family Talk About Racism

Our kids are the leaders of a more equitable future! As we seek change, justice, and equity- it’s important to give our kids language and tools to recognize racism and empower them to be an ally or educator.

This lesson was used in The Message during Lent this year. Read the book together, work through the discussion questions, and connect as a family to your role as God’s hands and feet in a broken world.

For younger kids, check out Naomi O’Brien’s lesson plan and approach to talking about race to younger children. She uses the story ‘Chocolate ME!’ to encourage problem solving and racism awareness.