Westminster's Response to the Events of 2020
Click here to learn more about Westminster's ongoing community care
(NOTE FROM J. KEARNEY - THIS IS JUST A 6-14-2020 PARTIAL COPY OF THE CONTENTS OF "CARE FOR COMMUNITY FROM OLD WEBSITE)
During this time we will post mission in our community on this page. Please check back for new ways to share the love of Christ as we monitor the spread of the coronavirus in our area.
June 12- Westminster Playground Open
Session voted to reopen the church playground effective June 10. Over the past few months, the sun and rain have been more than an adequate disinfectant and will continue to kill germs. However, since many children will now be using the playground, it would be a good idea for them to also use hand sanitizer. Social distancing should be practiced, and wearing masks are encouraged when multiple family groups are playing at the same time. When church services are held outdoors, the playground will be restricted for use so as not to interfere with worship.
June 5 – Anti-Racism Resources
We grieve and find our hearts restless due to the pandemic and the racial injustices present in our nation. One of many ways to fight against racism, bias and injustices is to listen, learn and enter into dialogue with people whose story differs from our story. Visit this link from Illustrated Ministries compiled by Sarah Sophie Flicker and has a wide variety of voices, genres, and mediums.
Also view this list compiled by Associate General Presbyter of Shenandoah Presbytery Rev. Nancy Meehan Yao;
Desmond Tutu God’s Dream
Jacqueline Woodson The Other Side
Alan Say How my Parents learned to Eat
Maya Ajmera To be a Kid
Jennifer Mailey Greevy We All love Pancakes
Karen Katz The Colors of Us
Dr Seuss The Sneetches
An ebook available from the Southern Poverty Law Center, with guidance for children of all ages:
An article by Rev. Stephanie Sorge-Wing on her church’s use of Deb Irving’s book as a Lenten study
“On Being a Virginian”, Guest Commentary by Heath Rada, in The Presbyterian Outlook, 2/15/19
White Fragility, by Robin Diangelo
America’s Original Sin, by Jim Wallis
The Half has Never Been Told, by Stephen Bishop
Between the World and me, by Ta-Nehisi Coates
Stony the Road: Reconstruction, White Supremacy, and the Rise of Jim Crow, by Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
Big Tent Bible Study, Eric Barretto, author and leader
Confession of Belhar (adopted 2016 as part of our Book of Confessions, Part I of our Constitution
PCUSA Anti-racism policy and study guide: available as free download
“Keeping Faith”, a video by by Tony de Le Rosa, Interim Executive Director of the Presbyterian Mission Agency, about the churches in Ferguson, MO