Race (Still) Matters

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Race (Still) Matters

At Preston Hollow Presbyterian Church, we believe that God is calling us to do the messy and holy work of racial reconciliation and dismantling the crippling weight of white supremacy. We know we will not always get it right or have all the answers. But we know we have to risk and stumble forward together. We believe that any authentic witness of the gospel depends on it.

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Upcoming opportunities

Together We Dine
September 20
Together We Dine is a dining event that is geared to spark courageous and safe conversations about race at the dining table among total strangers. Led by a facilitator, participants will engage in healthy and structured dialogue that builds relationships and trust.

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Fall Book Group
Starting September 25
Tuesdays in the Parlor at 7 p.m.
Rev. Mark Brainerd will lead a study on Deep Denial: The Persistence of White Supremacy in United States History and Life.

Sunday Worship Exchange
Westside Baptist Church, Lewisville
October14: Noon to 1 p.m. with lunch (at PHPC)
October 21: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. (at Westside)
Required pre-reading: The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin.
This past spring, we joined with the Redwoods Sunday school class from Westside Baptist Church for worship, lunch, fellowship, and conversation about the work that our two congregations are called to engage together. This fall, we will continue that conversation by joining friends from the Redwoods class for worship, lunch, and fellowship at their church campus in Lewisville. We will gather prior to our worship exchange for orientation, lunch, and discussion of the book The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin.

NEW! Racial Justice Pilgrimage
Birmingham-Selma-Montgomery Alabama
February 14-18, 2019
Information Session: Sunday November 4
12:15-1 p.m. First Floor Conference Room
Transformation and learning happen not just inside church buildings, but in relationships and along the journey from one place to the next. This spring, we will embark on a racial justice pilgrimage from Dallas to Alabama to meet people, hear stories and visit landmarks in the history of slavery, reconstruction, Jim Crow and civil rights. The relationships and experiences from the trip are intended to ignite our imaginations and spark our thinking and action toward greater racial justice in the city of Dallas.
Contact: Rev. Sarah Johnson:


Waking Up White by Debby Irving
Tears We Cannot Stop by Michael Eric Dyson
Stakes Is High by Michael Waters
America’s Original Sin by Jim Wallis
The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander
Dear White Christians by Jennifer Harvey
Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson
Who Lynched Willie Earl: Preaching to Confront Racism by Will Willimon
The Cross and the Lynching Tree by James Cone
I know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
Between the World and Me by T’Nahisi Coats
The Hate you Give by Angie Thomas
Lies My Teacher Told Me by James Loewen
Courageous Conversations about Race by Glenn Singleton and Curtis Linton
Turning Black: The Retreat from Racial Justice by Stephen Steinberg
Color-Blind by Tim Wise


Dallas' Hidden History Tour
The Hidden History Tour traces the path of African Americans’ journey in Dallas. The three-hour tour, owned and informatively conducted by Don Pinkard, MBA, visits by bus over twenty sites in Dallas. Tours are available the first Saturday of each month, departing by coach from the DART transit station near Fair Park (off of MLK Blvd). 

Dallas Year of Unity
Two years ago, Pastor Richie Butler hosted a community forum on policing and race relations at St. Paul United Methodist Church that included the former Dallas Police Chief David Brown, former District Attorney Craig Watkins and Sheriff Lupe Valdez. As a result of that forum, he was convicted to launch an initiative to address the divides in our community and the country. That initiative is called Project Unity.
Project Unity has been leading efforts to unify Dallas by implementing a number of community building programs to help heal race relationships between law enforcement and Dallas citizens.

Dallas Dinner Table
Dallas Dinner Table organizes various small dinners across the Greater Dallas area one night a year where participants share experiences and perspectives on race in a casual setting in a structured discussion.

Dallas Faces Race
Dallas Faces Race is the beginning of a sustainable forum on race in Dallas. The forum will bring together organizations to actively build their capacity to address racial equity and make change. Dallas Faces Race will move beyond discussion groups on race, cultural awareness and diversity. Dallas Faces Race will engage those who are ready to define equity and collaborate to make change.