Racial & Social Justice

The Gathering actively and intentionally works daily to become an anti-racist church.

White supremacy remains one of the most powerful false idols in our country. It doesn’t reflect God’s kingdom, impedes our ability to share the gospel, and is in direct competition with Jesus’ intention to reign as supreme Lord of our lives.  As disciples of Christ we must resist and eliminate the power of racism over our lives and our church.

The Gathering uses teachings firmly rooted in the Gospel to:

  • Expose, confess, and lament the sins of racism and white supremacy and weaken their power.
  • Recognize, identify, and dismantle white supremacy and racism within The Gathering as an institution and within the hearts of our members.
  • Educate and equip people to actively fight racism and white supremacy out in the world.

This is the only way we can fulfill our mission to invite people to become deeply committed followers of Christ and be a place where, together as a community, we are growing in our discipleship of Jesus.

We recognize that we have a long way to go before our vision to fully eliminate racism and white supremacy is fully realized. This work takes different forms. We have offered many opportunities for small group study of many of the books below and each year we partner with the YWCA to offer Witnessing Whiteness to cohorts of Gathering members. 
To get involved or for more information, let us know you’re interested by filling out the form below.

Recommended Books

I’m Still Here by Austin Channing Brown
The Color of Compromise by Jemar TIsby
How to Fight Racism by Jemar TIsby
Be the Bridge by Latasha Morrison
White Lies by Daniel Hill

Relevant Sermons

Get Involved

Witnessing Whiteness Fall 2021

In collaboration with the YWCA, The Gathering is excited to host a Witnessing Whiteness (WW) group this fall.

Since 2011, the YWCA has been organizing and leading WW groups as part of its mission to eliminate racism. WW groups are for adults (18 and over) who identify as white to come together to uncover and explore the impact of our white racial identity and the operation of racism in our lives and communities. 

The work of WW groups draws on the book Witnessing Whiteness: The Need to Talk About Race and How to Do It (2nd edition) by Shelly Tochluk, along with processes for group discussions, experiential activities, and personal reflection.

We will learn the history of the invention of whiteness, the myth of white superiority, and the operation of white supremacy in us and the US. We are able to confront our personal biases within a supportive setting. Finally, we learn how to interrupt racism and act as agents of change. 

The WW approach is designed to “build knowledge, skills, capacities and communities that support anti-racism practices” (Tochluk), which result in verifiable changes in attitudes and behavior. Nearly 3000 people in the St. Louis metro area have participated in the program.
Dates & Structure 
A team of three YWCA trained facilitators will guide the group through ten two-hour sessions over approximately 16 weeks.

The group will meet virtually via Zoom on Tuesdays from 6:30-8:30 pm on the following dates:
August 17 & 31
September 14 & 28
October 5 & 19
November 2, 16 & 30
December 7

All participants MUST attend at least 8 of the 10 sessions. If you're unable to commit to this, please consider participating in a later session with The Gathering or finding an open group held at a different time by contacting witnessingwhiteness@ywcastlouis.org.

Thank you for your interest. We are no longer accepting participants for our Fall Group.
Our group size is limited to 18, and participants will be added in the order in which their registration is received. You will receive confirmation no later than July 15.
Cost: $50

Due to extremely high demand, the YWCA just recently began charging $100 per participant for this program. The Gathering is asking each member of our cohort to cover half of this fee, or $50. Each participant is also asked to provide their own copy of the book, which can be purchased locally at a discounted rate.

If you would like to participate, but the cost or the technology required for the virtual meetings prevents you from doing so, please contact Beth McClure, and she will reach out to discuss options.

Questions? 
Contact Beth McClure at beth.mcclure@gatheringnow.org or 573.225.8956. Learn more about Witnessing Whiteness and Why a White Space? on the YWCA website.

Can’t join our group?
If you would like to participate, but cannot attend this time, you can sign up to be added to the waitlist for one of the WW community groups. Please contact Cyndie Jones at witnessingwhiteness@ywcastlouis.org.