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Racial Equity Initiative: Movies to Watch, Educate, and Discuss Together
As part of Calvary’s Racial Equity Initiative (REI) to recognize and to educate ourselves about systemic racism and to explore the unconscious bias in our own hearts and minds, we are launching a series of programs to help promote discussion and understanding. Discussing selected movies that illustrate the effects of systemic racism is one form of education. Be on the lookout for news about our Book Discussions too.
In commemoration of Indigenous Peoples Day on October 11th, October’s Racial Equity Initiative movie choice this month: In the Light of Reverence.
Ten years in the making, In the Light of Reverence explores American culture’s relationship to nature in three places considered sacred by native peoples: Devils Tower in Wyoming, the Colorado Plateau in the Southwest and Mount Shasta in California. Rich in minerals and beloved by recreational users, these “holy lands” exert a spiritual gravity that pulls Native Americans into conflict with mining companies, New Age practitioners and rock climbers. Ironically, all sides see themselves as besieged. This award-winning film documents the Lakota, Hopi and Winnemem Wintu efforts to protect their most sacred places. Their battles tell a new story of culture clashes in an ancient landscape.
“This film is a wake-up call for everyone who cares
about the environment and human rights.”
— Robert Redford
Watch a free trailer and/or view the film for $4 here: https://vimeo.com/ondemand/inthelightofreverence
REGISTER BELOW to join us online via Zoom for a facilitated discussion of the movie.
Note: Participants should watch the movie on your own prior to the event.
Calvary’s Racial Equity Initiative statement of purpose:
We recommit to recognizing and dismantling racism and unconscious bias in our own hearts and minds, in the institution of the church, and in the broader culture. We will provide a space to process what we are seeing and learning and to discern our call as a community of faith to take action toward these goals. Our shared set of values and mission calls us to transform lives for Christ: that now calls us to transform our own lives to be less complicit in racist aspects of our culture, to transform the lives of those who have historically faced oppression by helping eradicate systemic racism disproportionately affecting them, and to be the hands and feet of Christ by opposing institutions and practices everywhere that deny the full humanity of all God’s children.