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New and Right Spirit

“The time is always right to do what is right.”

Martin Luther King, Jr.

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About New and Right Spirit

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Letter from Conference Minister Rev. David R Gaewski

Video from Coordinator of Justice Ministries

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Update

Let us all rejoice that our Ash Wednesday New and Right Spirit campaign has now resulted in $5980 of gifts received and $500 in additional pledged! With this amazing generosity that we have demonstrated, we will begin our New and Right Spirit work toward racism and white privilege awareness in New York. On your behalf, your conference staff is now scheduling the training for facilitators to engage community conversations around New York State. We anticipate the training event will take place in the early Fall and deployment of facilitators soon after that.
 
The New and Right Spirit GoFundMe site, will remain open and active (we received a $500 gift just yesterday!) in order to continue to fund the work of the facilitators after their initial deployment. (https://www.gofundme.com/new-and-right-spirit)  During this Lenten season, let us pray together for the success of the New and Right Spirit work we will accomplish together.
 
Thank you, thank you, thank you.

 

New and Right Spirit

Now is the right time to expand our understanding of race, racism, and white privilege, and to act with a new and right Spirit in our heart.  This is the goal of the “New and Right Spirit” one-day appeal to take place on Ash Wednesday (March 1st) 2017.  Donations will fund specialized training for persons who will be deployed around New York State to facilitate honest, safe, and, yes, unsettling conversations that acknowledge our struggles with race, racism, and white privilege.  These are conversations for communities: sometimes in a church, sometimes in a school, sometimes in a town hall.  Please give generously on Ash Wednesday and be part of the change we long for.

Our goal is to raise $10,000 on March 1st  (Ash Wednesday) for the “New and Right Spirit” flash campaign to expand our understanding of race, racism and white privilege in our communities and churches in New York.  Ten Thousand Dollars will fund specialized training for persons who will be deployed around New York State to facilitate honest, safe, and yes unsettling conversations that acknowledge our struggles with race, racism, and white privilege.


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"Create in me a clean heart, put a 

New and Right Spirit

within me"

Psalm 51: 10 

When I was fifteen years old I had very long greasy hair and tended to dress somewhat shabby. But when I went into any drugstore and walked up and down the aisles, no one gave a second glance. Why? Because I am white. This is white privilege. That was not the case for Cameron, the only black boy in my high school. Gaining awareness of my own white privilege was, unfortunately, a slow process. My first racism awareness training took place when I was over forty years old. I wish it had happened sooner.

It is difficult to talk about race, racism, and white privilege. Often white people become defensive and black people become frustrated. The United Church of Christ's Sacred Conversations on Race have been around for decades. But too often there was a fundamental flaw in it's approach. Too often persons of color were asked to lead a white audience in a conversation that ultimately lead to the reality of white privileged, institutional racism, and deep seated feelings that many were taught from the earliest stages of their lives.

Perhaps there hasn't been a more charged moment for several decades, as the present, when the opening of minds and hearts to racism and white privilege has been more critically important to discuss. And while the UCC Sacred Conversations have focused on faith communities, perhaps now is the time for the mission of the United Church of Christ in New York to bring the conversation to communities and schools. This is the dream of the New and Right Spirit program. This is our mandate as the United Church of Christ in New York. But for now, it is unfunded.

On Ash Wednesday we will open a one day special campaign to fund the New and Right Spirit program. Please support this essential effort. On Ash Wednesday, go to www.uccny.org/resources/new-and-right-spirit/ and look for the "Donate" button. Or, visit the Facebook page of the New York Conference of the United Church of Christ and look for our New and Right Spirit posts. Make the New and Right Spirit logo your picture on Facebook for one day.

As important as your gift is to this effort, equally important is that you share your support with others. Particularly using social media, spread the news of your support so that other will follow your lead.  

Martin Luther King, Jr. said: "The time is always right to do what is right."

This Ash Wednesday is the right time.  Please support this ministry.

Faithfully,

David R Gaewski

Conference Minister




Please give generously on March 1. This work is crucial. Here is how you can support this valuable work:

 

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