Our faith in Jesus Christ leads us to address racism as a theological issue not a political one by actively addressing structures, policies, ideas, and practices that create inequities because of the color of one’s skin.

We will work individually and as a congregation to actively eliminate racism in ourselves, our church, our community, and the world around us.

This sub-committee’s initial work will be to develop a process for the FPC Session, other committees, and interested individuals to use to lead our church toward becoming anti-racist. The members of the committee will also provide support as we move through this work.

The History Hallway

Within the hallway and linked below, you can find a photograph and brief biographical information for each senior minister. The biographies include both positive actions as well as – truthfully – those that show human failings, particularly in the area of race. The Hallway also contains a Repentance and Resurrection statement in the context of scripture and a dedication conveyed and brought to life by a work of art. The statement references our church’s history, rooted in our faith and the history of our city, and our hope for the future.

Featured Resources

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The Perils and Promise of America’s Third Reconstruction


The "Third Reconstruction" is the period starting with the election of Barack Obama in 2008. The article discusses and compares the first two Reconstruction periods with where we are today.

Less than 5 minutes


Catawba Presbytery: History and Legacy


The Rev. Jerry Cannon discusses the creation of the Catawba Presbytery, the first Black Presbytery in the U.S., which played an essential part in promoting education for black children and offering opportunities for leadership within the Black community.

10-30 minutes


What is Juneteenth and why is it important?


Comprehensive description of Juneteenth, which is officially called Juneteenth National Independence Day, including its origins, history, traditions, and growing significance.

10-30 minutes

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Take Action

Here you will find ways to begin working toward being anti-racist. 

Read "Poster Girls"

Participate in the summer Plowshares book discussion of “Poster Girls” on Sunday, July 30, at the church. | Purchase book | Sign up link coming soon

Support Black-Owned Businesses

Eat at a Black-owned restaurant. | View a list of restaurants

Educate Yourself

Continue to educate yourself on racial history and current issues. Ask yourself how being a Christian / Presbyterian should influence your actions. | View list of four seminal anti-racism books