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

Black Lives Matter- Protest with Chalk

Ran across this article today. Chalk drawing protests that were power washed or street swept away, over and over. City officials called it ‘graffiti’ and it can now be grounds for a citation. It doesn’t really matter where it happened in the US, we know things like this happen all the time in every state.

Use this article to open up age-appropriate anti-racism conversations with your kids. Read the article (or parts of it) together. Ask what surprised them. Where did they see racism at work in what happened? What would be an anti-racist ally response to what happened?

Then get out the chalk. Give your kid(s) a place to protest by creating a Black Lives Matter chalk drawing on the driveway, sidewalk, or road. And keep talking. The action of drawing Black Lives Matter is great, but it’s the conversation and questions about racism and activism that help give our kids language to be anti-racist allies.

As you draw, consider listening to a podcast to learn more about racism in the US, or hear what protestors are doing to keep Black Lives Matter growing in the US, or listen to music that talks about change.

And after it rains, write it again. And again. And again.

Kids, Race, and Unity- Nick News Presents

Have you run into this? It’s Awesome.

A full episode about racism, current events, and anti-racism activism with elementary kids and youth, hosted by Alicia Keys. Meet the women who started Black Lives Matter, hear from kids that experience racism at their school and are activists in their communities, and listen to families of color talk about living in a white supremacy society and working for change.

Looking for more resources? Check out https://www.nickhelps.com/

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.