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Anti-oppression

Jesus declared that his mission was to bring release to the captives, sight to the blind and freedom to those who are oppressed (Luke 4:18). Yet the forces of oppression and violence continue to permeate our churches and institutions. MCC U.S. anti-oppression efforts seek liberation of all people from racism, sexism and other oppressions through educating and organizing, attention to spiritual identity, building capacity to dismantle systemic and institutional racism and sexism, and promoting mutuality through biblical reflection and practices which undo racism, sexism and other forms of injustice.

Our program provides

  • Anti-oppression education toward dismantling systemic and institutional racism, sexism and other oppressions from an Anabaptist perspective.
  • Spaces to deal with trauma (pain and suffering) caused by racism, sexism and other oppressions in addition to working individually and collectively on internalized racist oppression and internalized racist superiority.
  • Assessment/evaluation of an institutions identity in relation to oppression. Assessment/evaluation is a guide for the institution as it moves forward in the process of becoming an intentionally anti-oppression institution.

 

We believe, embrace, and ground our work in the text from Colossians 3:11 “there is no longer Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave and free; but Christ is all and in all!”