Racial Equity Group

Find weekly resources on systemic racism, racial justice, and racial equity.

Find new resources about anti-racism, racial justice, and racial equity here every week.

The School to Prison Pipeline

This week's resources discuss the serious and difficult problems of schooling and prisons. Have you ever wondered if schools might be more of a problem than a solution? Stop by and engage a few of our resources to deepen your understanding of a complex situation going on right now in our communities. 

What We're Doing | Anti-racism resources

Since the formation of this group, we have:

  • Researched Mount Olivet’s history to learn more about the church’s role in race relations and school desegregation efforts;
  • Created Gifts Celebrating Diversity, a list of Black-owned businesses and culturally diverse and anti-racist books, as a resource for Mount Olivet members interested in supporting anti-racism while shopping;
  • Sponsored a four-part Wednesday evening adult study: ”Who is My Neighbor: Conversations about Race,” which has been attended by more than 30 people each evening;
  • Joined Arlington County as the first church partner in a program called Dialogues on Race and Equity (DRE).
  • Begun archiving resources, including historical information and devotional and learning resources that members of Mount Olivet can access and use.

For the future, we envision:

  • Creating family-oriented walking and/or driving tours of sites that are important in Arlington’s racial history;
  • Offering additional adult studies, using the wealth of materials that we have discovered so far;
  • Launching church-wide dialogues, using our “Holy Conversations” as a model;
  • Hosting a speaker series.

To learn more or join the Sharing God's Grace Racial Equity group, contact Mount Olivet using the form below.