St. Mark Presbyterian Church — Newport Beach, California
After the hate expressed at the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, that ended in violence and death, the staff at St. Mark responded quickly.
During the “time with our young church” during worship, Susan Thornton, director of Christian education, read “White Flour” aloud. “White Flour” is a poetic recounting of the Coup Clutz Clowns’ real-life, humor-filled action against a 2007 white supremacist rally in Knoxville, Tennessee. We learned how humor can be used to deflect hate. Our pastor, D. Mark Davis, unequivocally denounced the events in Charlottesville as evil. Mark and Susan are not remaining silent about white supremacy and the evil construct of race. My church is helping me live into God’s de-raced reality by staying focused on my work with the Anti-Racism Digital Library.
– Anita Coleman
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