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.
Included in this commitment is the understanding that racism is not primarily about individual prejudice or an individual's beliefs and attitudes. Instead, 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 ancestral background. Social power and prejudice have combined to treat people differently, whether intentionally or unintentionally. Some people are privileged, while others are oppressed.
Consequently, there is unequal and inequitable access to resources such as money, education, information and decision-making power. This unequal and unfair access to resources and power is what is meant by structural racism.
There is a growing awareness among Presbyterians that racism is a crisis in our country and the church. Therefore, we must address it for the well-being of our life together and 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 all forces that seek to subjugate, separate, and kill. As a denomination, the P.C. (USA) is firmly committed to the struggle for racial equity.
Race Still Matters Team
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. If you would like more information or are interested in serving on the team, contact: Rev. Dr. Sarah Johnson
PHPC’s Mission Council
PHPC’s Mission Council 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. If you would like more information or are interested in serving on the council, contact: Rev. Kathy Lee-Cornell,
"Say Their Names" Memorial Wall
Pecan Grove PHPC Campus (Corner of Preston Road and Walnut Hill)
September 26-October 24, 2020
"Say Their Names" is a national movement to raise awareness for black victims of racial inequality. Joy Proctor created the first memorial in Portland, Oregon. Since then, "Say Their Names" memorials, featuring photos of over 175 faces and names surrounded by 350 tiny flower bouquets, have gone up across the United States to proclaim the worth of these lives and call out the unjust systems that contributed to these deaths.
Over the last months, members of the Dallas community have organized and installed "Say Their Names" Memorials throughout the city. We invite you to come to the PHPC Campus, look into their faces and read their names aloud.
As a church community, we have a special responsibility to the people this memorial honors. Their sacred worth was ignored and violated, yet as Christians, we know that these men, women, boys, and girls belong to God. As a community charged with being the body of Christ and loving our neighbors, we also hold particular accountability for their deaths and the injustices that contributed to their deaths. The "Say Their Names" memorial is an opportunity to gather to:
To mourn. Every person pictured here is a beloved child of God, and each of their lives is precious. We say their names to lament their deaths.
To witness to injustice. The racism, hatred, and bigotry that caused these deaths are evil forces utterly at odds with the Kingdom of God. These deaths are not merely tragic; they are wrong. We say their names to bear witness to this injustice.
To accept God's call upon us to build a different world. This memorial does not represent an endpoint, but a renewed commitment to helping build the Kingdom of God where all people are cherished, protected and recognized as children of God. We say their names to strengthen our spirits and shape our wills towards building that Kingdom.
Contact: Rev. Kathy Lee-Cornell,
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!