In 1925, Harvard-trained historian Carter G. Woodson, known as the “Father of Black History”, had a bold idea. That year, he announced “Negro History Week” — a celebration of a people that many in this country at the time believed had no place in history.
The response to the event, first celebrated in February 1926, a month that included the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass, was overwhelming as educators, scholars, and philanthropists stepped forward to endorse the effort. Fifty years later, coinciding with the nation’s bicentennial and in the wake of the civil rights movement, the celebration was expanded from a week to a month after President Gerald R. Ford decreed national observance.
This month’s theme is The Black Family: Representation, Identity, and Diversity.
Learn more about the history:
Re-watch this candid, and vulnerable discussion as we check in with our church members/friends. Our hope is that this talk can model future discussions that you may want to have in your own circles. Thank you for wanting to be a church without walls with us!
On August 1, we held our first panel discussion on racism. Hear from our church community about their experiences and learn how you can help make a change. Watch the recorded discussion here, and find more information and resources below.
We had our second panel discussion on September 12. Watch it again here!
WholeLife Church stands with all those in opposition to racial injustice and racial inequality.
WholeLife Church aches and hurts as we have witnessed another senseless murder of an unarmed black male by one sworn to protect and serve.
WholeLife Church is embarrassed that too often we have been complacent and responded with silence during the long history of racial abuse in our country where deaths at the hands of police and incarceration rates are disproportionately higher among our black citizens.
WholeLife Church cannot be silent because God has called us to love people, all people of every race and culture, into a lifelong friendship with God, so our love demands we first engage our ears and then our voice followed by our action to end racial injustice. WWJD?
WholeLife Church is committed to engaging in the hard conversations of racial discrimination. Our hope is to be a catalyst for change in order for our brothers and sisters of color to feel safer in our communities.
WholeLife Church believes every person is created in the image of God with intrinsic worth and value, that every life matters, and that’s why when our black friend’s lives have been marginalized we must join in the call for justice that black lives matter as we follow Paul’s counsel, “In humility consider others better than yourselves.” Philippians 2:3
WholeLife Church says to all of our black members, to our black community, we love you and we want to hear your story, and we want to be part of the writing of a new story that exemplifies the love of Jesus for all people without distinction. We want to practice racial justice in our church, that it might be a safe haven from the injustices of our world, and we want to put our influence towards making our community, our nation and our world a place without racial injustice.
Seeking To Understand Current Cultural Tensions — Listen to this special podcast episode. We invited WLC member Craig Moore to speak from his perspective as a man of color whose story is all too familiar, but powerful. Craig did an amazing job of speaking into this uncomfortable subject with grace and love.
846 — Referencing the horrific 8:46 that Mr. Floyd endured the torture of being unable to breathe, leading to his death. The entire 8:46 contains only the stopwatch bumpers at the beginning and end with no audio for the remainder. We encourage listeners to contemplate, with only silence and their thoughts, exactly how long that really is by staying tuned for the entirety of the time Mr. Floyd endured this tragedy.
Biographies, Personal Narratives
It is our responsibility to report hate crimes.
Tips for reporting hate, racism and xenophobia offenses:
Racism in the U.S. is a public health issue, according to several medical groups. You can stand up for racial justice by supporting non-profits working to eradicate racism.