Anti-Racism Project: Building Relationships Across Difference

As Third Church deepens its commitment to antiracism, one thing we are hearing again and again is that we must devote ourselves to listening to and following the lead of people of color. Naturally, we cannot do that if we do not know people of color and if we fail to build authentic relationships with individuals and organizations whose lived experiences differ from our own.

On the first Sunday in August, 12 members of Third Presbyterian Church joined in worship and fellowship with Trinity Emmanuel Presbyterian Church, a multicultural, multi-generational congregation.

Trinity Emmanuel’s Pastor, the Rev. Julius D. Jackson Jr. (pictured), invited our own Tedd Pullano to preach that warm and rainy summer morning. Worship included the Lord’s Supper and stirring gospel music.

Trinity Emmanuel hosted fellowship hour after worship, where members from Third Church, Webster Presbyterian Church, and Trinity Emmanuel got to know one another over coffee and danish. 

Trinity Emmanuel has invited us to ‘share the harvest’—strengthen our growing relationship, and gain a better understanding of their context—by joining with some of their members in a walking tour of their neighborhood, at the corner of Shelter Street and Jefferson Avenue, on Saturday, November 20, at 9:00am. Watch the Congregational Update for more information about that event as the date nears.