Our first-ever Race and Peace Learn-a-thon was an amazing success! Thank you to everyone who committed to learning something new for the months of January and February. Together, we were able to log 1,375 hours of learning and raise $25,000 for the One Fund, which supports local African American churches and ministries. Though our fundraiser has ended, we want to continue our education by keeping our hearts and minds open to racial healing and justice. Our suggested learning resources will remain available for all who wish to continue their exploration of race and peace.
We have created resource lists of suggested books, podcasts, videos, conversation questions and more for you to learn about race, justice, peacemaking and the civil rights movement.
At Woodland, we are committed to learning to love together. We’re also passionate about proclaiming God’s heart for racial healing and justice. So, this year to observe MLK Day, we’re kicking off our first-ever Learn-a-thon: “Race and Peace 2021.” We have created resource lists of suggested books, podcasts, videos, conversation questions and more for you to learn about race, justice, peacemaking and the civil rights movement.
As a church body, our goal was to reach a total of 500 hours of learning by the end of February — but you guys have been learning like crazy and logging those hours, so we’ve decided to bump our goal to 1000 hours! And even though we’ve surpassed that goal, we encourage you to continue learning and logging your hours throughout February!
For every hour we complete, a generous donor will make a contribution to the One Fund, which is dedicated to supporting the work of local African American churches and ministries who, due to historic inequities, are disproportionately affected by the recent crises here in the Twin Cities.
The organizers of the fund remind us that “Many pastors and leaders serving in their communities are bi-vocational. Many have lost their jobs and funding for essential broader community programming.” Our hope is to raise
$15,000 $25,000 to contribute to their overall goal of raising one million dollars by the one-year anniversary of George Floyd’s death.
Our recommended resource list is available here, but you can find other ways to learn about racial justice if you’d like!
Together, we can put our time to work for the Kingdom – we hope you join us!