We are making our way through a painful and tumultuous season. Every day, we are doing our best to absorb news of yet more police violence against black bodies and lives; the reality of deep and systemic racism within and among us; and ongoing street protests far and near. And, of course, the daily news brings fresh concern about the global pandemic that continues to claim so many lives.
All of this is difficult for adults to take in. For children, the onslaught of daily news coupled with the anxiety of their trusted adults can be overwhelming.
On this page, you'll find suggestions and resources for talking with the children in your life about painful events and for helping them manage their fears. I hope these resources will be of help to you whether you are parenting children in your home right now or wish to support those who are doing this sacred work.
Please know that I am here, always. Feel free to reach out if I can be of additional support to you and the ones you love.
Yours in Christ,
Rev. Yael Lachman
Minister, First Congregational Church
Here in Salem, Oregon, we remember that our homes and our lives are built within the watershed of the great Willamette River and upon the aboriginal lands of the Kalapuya peoples, who today belong to the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde Community of Oregon. As we open our hearts to all who call this place home, we acknowledge the harm that has come to the native peoples of this place through settlement and land appropriation, often by the church itself. We acknowledge the harm that has come to the native species of this sacred land through our own human actions. We ask forgiveness this day as we commit ourselves to restoring the communion of all creation, here and throughout the earth.
An invitation to join FCUCC's Sacred Circle!
A small group of FCUCC members have been virtually meeting on a monthly basis this Fall as a Sacred Circle. We were invited to create a Sacred Circle by an immigrant rights' group, IMIrJ, but we operate independently. We are a spiritual support group for those working on racial justice issues.
If you think this might be an experience that would be good for you, please let us know and we will send you an invitation!
Our next Sacred Circle will be:
For more information, please contact
RACIAL JUSTICE NETWORK - central pacific conference
Justice & Ministry Team meets on the first and third Wednesday of the month at 11am on Zoom. The network exists to provide resources, accountability and support for anti-racist practice. All members of the CPC are welcome.
Zoom link https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82041077789