At Preston Hollow Presbyterian Church, we believe that God is calling us to do the messy and holy work of racial justice and equity, dismantling the crippling weight of white supremacy.
A recent article from the Presbyterian Mission Agency articulated it this way:
"As common citizens and as people of faith, we recognize the fact that race and racism are deeply embedded in the life and history of the U.S. Through colonization, slavery and a shameful history of legislative action and judicial pronouncements, our nation created and embraced a caste system that valued and devalued people based simply on skin color and ethnic identity. People of color were deliberately subjugated for material, political, economic and social advantage. Racism today is the continuing and enduring legacy of this history. Included in this commitment is the understanding that racism is not primarily about individual prejudice or an individual’s beliefs and attitudes. Rather, racism in the U.S. is a socially constructed system. Some people are advantaged, and others are disadvantaged, merely because of their skin color, ethnic identity or their ancestral background. Social power and prejudice have combined to treat people differently, whether intentionally or unintentionally. Some people are privileged while others are oppressed. As a consequence, there is unequal and inequitable access to resources such as money, education, information and decision-making power. This is what is meant by structural racism."
We also believe that racism in all its individual and systemic expressions must be addressed for the well-being of our community life, as well as for the integrity of the church’s witness to Jesus Christ. Following Jesus includes not only proclaiming the good news of God’s presence in the world, but actively joining in resisting any and all forces that seek to subjugate, separate, and kill. As a denomination, the PC(USA) is strongly committed to the struggle for racial equity. 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. At PHPC, there are ongoing ways to engage in this important work.
The Race Matters Team is made up of PHPC members and friends who partner with Adult Learning Ministry to cultivate opportunities for education, awareness and responsibility around institutional and structural racism and the need to create meaningful change as people of faith in those regards. For more information and interested in serving on the team, Contact: Rev. Dr. Sarah Johnson
PHPC’s Mission Committee is made up of PHPC members and friends who partner with the Mission and Outreach Ministry, seeking to embody the love of Christ across our city. Through addressing issues of poverty, hunger, education, displacement, inequality, and much more, we hope to work for the transformation of our communities. For more information and interested in serving on the team, Contact: Rev. Kathy Lee-Cornell >
Say Their Names Memorial Wall
Coming Late August 2020!
Over the last months, members of the Dallas community have come together to organize and install "Say Their Names Memorials" to honor Black lives lost to injustice and racism, featuring photos of over 175 faces and names surrounded by 350 tiny flower bouquets.
The Say Their Names Memorial is a beautiful tribute to those lives tragically taken too soon, designed to spark conversation and to spread a message of love, compassion, and equality. Like the carillon of the PHPC steeple ringing 19 times on Juneteenth, this memorial will encourage dialogue about what is happening in our country, and allow community members to in the words of PHPC’s pastor for mission and outreach Rev. Kathy Lee-Cornell, "see the collective trauma of Black Americans with God’s compassion.”
Racial Justice and Equity Pilgrimage
Each spring, we embark on a racial justice and equity pilgrimage from Dallas to the deep South to meet people, hear stories, and visit landmarks in the history of slavery, reconstruction, Jim Crow, and civil rights. The travel experience is intended to help us learn and tell the truth about our collective history and spark our imaginations toward greater racial justice and equity in the city of Dallas.
Spring 2021 Travel Dates: TBD
Blog Posts and Reflections
2020 Pilgrimage Reflections
2019 Pilgrimage Reflections
There is an abundance of good resources for engaging in the important work of education around racism. We recognize that there are far more available than the ones included below. Those listed are just a starting place. Wherever you are on your journey of listening and learning, our hope is that these resources are worthy of your time and spiritually challenging in different ways.
Here a few resources that we recommend!