In addition to that, we also plan to give you a ‘taste of Asia’ on Sunday, May 22nd after church. We will eat Asian, primarily Indian, food, learn a little about the continent and have some fun activities. We hope you will join us but to help us prepare adequately we ask that you register here. We look forward to a time of fun, food and fellowship as we continue our celebration.
Beloveds, even though the Asian have been on this land since 1587, 33 years before the Plymouth pilgrims, we all know that the Anti
Asian and Asian American sentiment is on a rise. Let us join in the effort to stop these hate crimes by:
- Taking Action - Approach the targeted person, introduce yourself, and offer support.
- Actively Listen - Ask before taking any actions and respect the person’s wishes.
- Ignoring the Attacker - Attempt to calm the situation by using your voice, body language, or distractions, without giving the attacker much attention.
- Accompanying- Invite the targeted person to leave with you.
- Supporting Emotionally - Help the person by asking how they’re feeling, and assisting them in figuring out what they want to do next.
A call for systemic change is also necessary. So,
- Have authentic conversations about racism with your friends, family, and colleagues about denouncing anti-AAPI racism and to encourage everyone to work towards racial justice,
- Publicly speak and condemn any AAPI hate, and
- Ask your elected officials for their support for those experiencing hate crimes, and for prevention-based programs such as anti-racism education in schools and communities.