“He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.”Micah 6:8
As part of UniteBoston’s 2020 summer of Loving Thy Neighbor, we are launching a racial justice campaign to highlight how people can pray and work for racial justice in Greater Boston.
We are grieved by the fact that Boston continues to be known as an unwelcoming city to people of color, and has a history of systematic racial oppression and injustice. As Christians, we know that this is not God’s dream for our city. We recognize that loving our neighbors means that we stand beside those who are marginalized and oppressed and work for a better world that honors the inherent image of God.
#BostonPray Racial Justice Campaign
–What is your prayer for racial justice in Boston?
–What change would you want to see in Boston towards racial justice?
Describe this word or phrase on a sign, written with tape on your mask, or with text on the photo, and explain why you chose that word through your personal experience. Tag this on social media using #BostonPray.
UniteBoston will collect all of these visual images and words together and compile them onto a Racial Justice Wall on our website, where anyone who wishes can post anonymously as well.
- Read what Boston Church Leaders are Saying about George Floyd & Racial Justice
- Download a book for “faithful justice,” through InterVarsity Press, including local author Sarah Shin’s book Beyond Colorblind
- Watch The Color of Compromise which “reveals chilling connections between the church and racism throughout American History” or Selma
- Read two black writers’ testimonies for and against reparations
- Read “I Have Only One Hope for Racial Justice: A God Who Conquered Death” (Christianity Today)
- Read more about what ‘Defunding the Police’ means
- Support 50+ Black-Owned Businesses in the Boston area (Boston Globe)
- Incorporate a Daily Examen of Living as an Antiracist Person into your daily devotional time
- Support the Massachusetts Elected Officials of Color 10-Point Plan to Combat Systemic Racism in Policing & Police Brutality
- Join Campaign Zero, which works to end police brutality in America through research-proven strategies
- Get involved with Color of Change to make governments more responsive to racial disparities, or the National Cares Mentoring Movement to provide social and academic support to help black youth succeed in college and beyond.
- Join the Race & Christian Community Initiative at the Emmanuel Gospel Center
Note that this list is not comprehensive; please email at firstname.lastname@example.org us if you have a resource or action step that you’d like to add to this list that is relevant for Christians in Greater Boston.