Who We Are
The Sharing God’s Grace Racial Equity team focuses on racial justice, racial equity, and Mount Olivet's role in systemic racism. This team looks both inward and outward. Inward to devise strategies and plans for within the Mount Olivet community. And outward to develop strategies and plans for sharing with our neighbors in Arlington and beyond. The Sharing God’s Grace Racial Equity team grew out of a similar group that focused on relationships with LGBTQ persons and ways to be inclusive and welcoming to all God's children.
There is much more for us to learn and do as individuals and congregation members to make Mount Olivet a church that is truly inclusive and actively anti-racist. But what we already know is that we cannot remain silent in the face of injustice. As individuals and as a church community we need to learn, reflect and act to end systemic racism and create a more equitable kin-dom. Now is the time. Please join us!
What We're Doing
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.
Who Is My Neighbor? Conversations on Race
january - february 2021
The Sharing God's Grace Racial Equity team led a four-week conversation on race, offering a safe place to learn and talk about sensitive issues. We provided short videos and podcasts that focused on topics such as Black Lives Matter, criminal justice, and anti-racism. We hope to continue these conversations as we consider the deeper faith issue of "who is my neighbor?"
Get In Touch
To learn more or join the Sharing God's Grace Racial Equity group, contact Mount Olivet using the form below.