Beginning Aug. 2 at 9:00 a.m., worship will take place once a month outdoors on our church parking lot.
Bring a lawn chair and wear a mask; we will practice strict social distancing.
The worship service will still be livestreamed online (though it may look a little different).
More details to come.
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Our summer worship series continues this Sunday as we welcome Pastor Christie Love from The Connecting Grounds to help us understand what the Bible means when it says “those who don’t work shouldn’t eat” (2 Thessalonians 3:10). 🤔 A lot of times this gets leveraged against the poor in hurtful ways, but Christie will help us learn how this passage when understood in context actually expresses good news for the poor. Join us online at 10am at brentwoodchristianchurch.tv!
Local Black Lives Matter organizers are working with the Springfield Police Department to hold a peaceful protest this Saturday at 3pm on the Park Central Square. Details here
Here are some tips from Jay Yoder to help white allies understand how they can be most effective while protesting. If you plan to attend, also be mindful of best social distancing practices, and be sure to wear a mask. If you are not able to protest in person, here are several other ways you can be involved in the movement for racial justice.
White people rules:
• Listen to Black organizers, always.
• Leave no Black person behind. The only exception is if you are specifically asked to (see rule 1).
• Emotionally prepare for what you’ll experience beforehand. It’s better to stay home and support a different way if you are not able to be present and responsive to the needs, requests, and direction of Black leaders and protestors.
• Do not film faces without consent. Seriously, stop it. Get crowd pics from behind, and film backs of heads when people are under attack from armed militarized forces.
• Turn off location in your phone camera settings. Put your phone in deep power saving mode to turn off wi-fi, GPS, and bluetooth. Go through your app permissions and turn off microphone and location access to every app except absolutely essentials.
• “To the front” means to the front, right now. “Move up” means move up to the front, right now. Don’t think. Move.
THE NEXT THREE RULES GO TOGETHER.
THIS IS A BLACK-LED MOVEMENT, THAT MEANS IT’S THEIR STRATEGIES, THEIR ACTIONS, THEIR CHOICES.
WE DO NOT GET TO ENGAGE IN ALL OF THOSE STRATEGIES, ACTIONS, OR BEHAVIORS.
THEY WILL BE PUNISHED FOR OUR BEHAVIOR.
• Never tell a Black person how to protest
• Never escalate interactions with armed militarized forces or engage in any behavior that will put Black people in danger of being punished for what YOU did. Decision-makers seem bent on using any excuse to deploy and use armed militarized forces! Do not create that excuse for them or what they do to our Black community members is partially your responsibility.
• Stop white people who are putting Black people in danger and engaging in escalating behavior that has not been specifically requested by Black leaders or protestors. Stop them. Stop. Them.
(Subject to feedback, edit, changes, additions. Not etched in stone. A living guide.)
All. Hands. On. Deck.
‼️ PSA ‼️
Not everyone is made for the frontline, so don’t guilt trip yourself because you think you MUST be on the frontlines to support! This goes out especially to the disabled, chronically ill, their caretakers, nurses/doctors, grocery store workers, farmers, and all other essential persons.
✔️ SUPPORT IN OTHER WAYS ✔️
💸 Donate to a BAIL FUND in your area or around the country
💊 Donate MEDICAL SUPPLIES to people working as medics at the protests
🥩 FEED PEOPLE – buy food and water, or make food, and donate it to those who are part of or affected by the protests
🥛 VOLUNTEER at non-hot zone areas to supply food and water
📢 Continue to EDUCATE the people around you – this is also emotional labor
🚗 PICK UP people from the hot-zone if they need it
🐥 Offer to WATCH KIDS if their parents are organizers and need to be on the frontline
🚨 CONFRONT RACISM wherever you see it, online and with family/friends
📲 SHARE LINKS to every resource for protestors you can find – bail funds, information for those arrested, safety precautions, updates for those in your area, etc
💰 DONATE directly to frontline people and organizations
🖋 WRITE articles and blog posts in support of the ongoing protests
📣 ORGANIZE on your jobs and in your communities for fair and equitable practices
🛌 REST is revolutionary and inherently anti-capitalist too, so do your best to rest when you can, and take care of yourself and those around you as much as possible.
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