Feb 26, 2021
Anti-racism work is daily; it's a choice to embrace discomfort, the uncertainty of how folks around you will react, and a commitment to unapologetic truth telling. This week's guest, writer (founder of the blog, Some Thoughts From Your Black Friend), anti-racism activist / educator, podcaster (Upside Down podcast), Patricia A. Taylor is on the journey.
We have long admired her work, and this conversation is full of thoughtful insights, we delved into:
- Her journey - aligning her writing with social justice and listening to the call from God to move into anti-racism work.
- Why proximity to BIPOC communities doesn't absolve churches and individuals from doing the work of anti-racism.
- How she embraces care for her mind, body and spirit, rooted in scripture from Jeremiah to the Psalms, and 2 Corinthians 3: 3-5.
- The necessity of lament and repentance for the church as it relates to racial and social justice.
- Why spiritual bypassing is dangerous, and why being vulnerable around safe people (particularly for those in BIPOC communities) about what we're feeling is a form of self care.
- What Patricia hopes those in her community take away from her work: questions that guide them toward action, and keep them rooted in compassion.
More about Patricia Taylor // Follow Her Work:
Patricia Taylor is a wife, mom and California native turned Georgia peach. She believes in Jesus, truth-telling, loving all our neighbors, and having critical conversations around racial justice with grace and honesty. Her work is rooted in anti-racism education, and she serves as the BIPOC Educator for Be The Bridge.
Patricia is also a cohost for Upside
Down Podcast, which is an ecumenical faith space that has
unscripted conversations around justice, spirituality, and culture.
You may find her on Instagram @patricia_a_taylor a
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