“Please move away from the sidelines and unite together — regardless of your faith or religious practice — to seek an end to hatred and violence . . . What happened to our family is part of a larger attack on Black and Brown bodies . . . We call on all people, public officials, faith leaders and Americans from all walks of life to help address the festering sores of racism as it spurs an unforgiving culture of violence.”
– Rev. Waltrina Middleton, longtime organizer, whose cousin Rev. Depayne Middleton, was killed in the massacre at Emanuel AME Church.
SURJ-Faith works to organize a multi-tradition base of white faith/spiritual folks in order to create impact in SURJ guiding priorities by assuring that:
- Faith folks are involved in economic justice and abolition campaigns that allow people to take concrete action; faith folks are off the sidelines and taking accountable, anti-racist action rooted in mutual interest in order to dismantle white supremacy.
- White Christians can articulate a new, mutual interest, liberated story about what it means to be human beyond whiteness, and how that connects to economic justice and abolition visions.
- Faith folks, especially white Christians, are trained/resourced regarding white supremacy and the logics that uphold it, particularly antisemitism, abolition, Christian supremacy, and racial capitalism.
- Disaffected white Christians, especially those who are poor/working class, rural, and/or disabled, have an irresistible political and spiritual home in our work/movement.
- We have strong movement partnerships with aligned people of color-led and multi-racial faith organizations working to dismantle white supremacy via economic justice and abolition, and/or undermining the Christian right.
SURJ-Faith is a space for white faith/spiritual folks of all traditions. We also know that because of how white Christianity is the moral and theological backbone for white supremacy, white Christians play a unique role in maintaining the racist status quo. That’s why organizing white Christians away from white supremacy is a key part of our work.
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A wealth of resources from the SURJ faith community about anti-racism, combatting antisemitism, and tools for congregations
A toolkit with concrete ways for white faith/spiritual communities to be involved in the work to #DefundPolice.
Our weekly podcast for white Christians, bringing an anti-racist lens to the weekly lectionary readings to support our work towards collective liberation.