WORKING AGAINST RACISM IN OURSELVES AND OUR WORLD

This 8 x 8 foot banner was designed and painted by artist Rob Larson with the support and help of 25 folks from the congregation over the course of a year from summer 2020 to summer 2021. The team used acrylic paint on specially treated canvas. Read more below.

 

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The symbolism is abundant, and we encourage all viewers to pay attention to their own heart’s response to the art! But here’s some of what we see and want to express in this design:

  • The Underground Railroad used quilts as codes for communication with folks on the journey toward freedom. The black “star” shape is symbolic of the North Star that helped guide people traveling by night as they claimed their freedom.

  • The brown crossroads shape is symbolic of where two roads intersect, symbolic of the United States being at a crossroads and needing to choose a path toward life and freedom and shalom for everyone.

  • The important role of music in the civil rights movement is symbolized by the musical notes and the lyrics to the freedom song, “Ain’t Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me ‘Round”.

The lightning bolts symbolize the power of God working to bring freedom and joy to all people.

Reba Place Church is a community that embraces a calling to be anti-racist – to swim against the strong current of racism in our nation and world. We acknowledge and repent from our complicity in oppressive structures and actively work to create brave spaces, free from hatred and fear, where all learn and grow beyond the legacy of oppression in our nation. We seek ways inside and outside of our walls to support freedom, justice, equity and thriving for all. See our complete statement of faith.