What is the Solidarity Ministry
Solidarity Ministry exist to amplify the voices of marginalized, inform believers in areas of injustice, and create a space to listen, learn, lament, so we can better love our neighbor as ourselves, and expand God’s Kingdom in solidarity. We are too committed to doing justice, loving kindness and walking humbly with our God, it is our aim that the world recognizes us as Jesus’ disciples by our love for one another.
Micah 6:8, John 13:35
We acknowledge the land currently occupied by Common Ground Church as the traditional home of the Miwok people and we respect, recognize, and remember the Black and Brown Indigenous labor connected with the land we currently steward. The state of California is home to more than 110 Federally Recognized Indian Tribes, representing the most diverse set of tribal nations anywhere in the United States. Despite centuries of genocide and occupation, the Miwok people continue as vibrant and resilient federally recognized tribe. We honor and celebrate our Miwok brothers, sisters, and neighbors as the ancestral stewards of this land and honor their sustained existence.
Congregational Antiracism Discipleship Pathway (CADP)
We are blessed to have such a diverse family here at Common Ground Church. With such diversity comes a responsibility for us to continue growing together so that we can truly be a "community becoming family" - this growth is an integral part of our discipleship as Christians.
We have an opportunity to grow together over the next nine months through a Congregational Antiracism Discipleship Pathway (CADP). This pathway was curated by one of our denominational leaders, Rev. Dominique Gilliard - Director of Racial Righteousness and Reconciliation, and was specifically designed for our unique community. The CADP consists of a variety of resources (sermons, podcasts, documentaries, books) that are centered around the different heritage months throughout the year to help us continue to grow in racial righteousness and reconciliation. These resources will be available for you to engage in on your own and at your own pace. Some months we will offer in-person opportunities to either share a meal or watch a documentary together. On the third Monday of each month, we will gather via Zoom at 7 pm PT to reflect on the content for that month. This CADP will be co-facilitated by Pastor Troy, Pastor Emily, and Pastor Ben.
We would love to see as many people as possible from our congregation sign up for the CADP. The total commitment for each month will be about 5-6 hours - this includes engaging with the content as well as the end-of-the-month group reflection. Here's an overview of what you can expect each month:
- Accessible content that centers around the different heritage months that you engage with on your own time and at your own pace (~5 hours total; some months may be less)
- Occasional in-person options to engage with ADP content (to share a meal or watch a documentary)
- Monthly meetings to reflect on that month's content (the third Monday of each month from 7-8:30 pm via Zoom
If you have questions about the CADP, or wish to join the pathway, please reach out to Pastor Emily
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- Sankofa: justice/racial-righteousness/sankofa
- Solidarity Summer Series (formerly “Race Matters”)
- (Summer 2019) A Call To S.U.P.P.O.R.T. African-American Experience - Facilitated By Pastor Troy
- (Summer 2020) The Asian-American Experience- Facilitated by panel Sonny Lai, Jeffery Song, Cathy Squires, Matt Aalseth, Queenie Serrano (Asian-Americans PBS series)
- (Summer 2021) Latinx Experience- Facilitator
More Coming Soon...
- Book Studies (Winter and Summer)
- (January 2020) Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson
- (August 2020) The Heart of Racial Justice: How Soul Change Leads to Social Change by Dr. Brenda Salter McNeil and Rick Richardson
- (January 2021) The God Who Sees: Immigrants, the Bible, and the Journey to Belong by Karen Gonzalez
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