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21-Day Anti-Racism Challenge for Faith Groups

21 Day Challenge headerYWCA Evanston/North Shore wants to support you and your congregation in your work toward racial equity.

The Equity Institute at YWCA has created something we hope will support congregations throughout the area in continuing your racial and social justice ministries. Last spring, we developed a 21-Day Stand Against Racism Challenge. We have modified that tool specifically for faith-based settings, and invite you to embark on the 21-Day Anti-Racism Challenge.

How does the Challenge work?

The Challenge is designed to create dedicated time and space to “dig into” racial equity and build more effective social justice habits. Members of your congregation can do it on their own or in a group, such as a small group study with members of your congregation or staff, as a daily challenge or over the course of a multi-week study, and can be personalized to fit your congregation’s context. You can choose to use it 5 days per week, 7 days per week, or weekly for 21 weeks.

Each day, participants can choose among opportunities such as reading an article or blog post, listening to a podcast, or watching a short video (or they can do them all!). Then we encourage reflection on personal experiences or getting to know people or organizations who do anti-racism work in the community, thinking about collaboration opportunities with those organizations, and opportunities for action personalized for your congregation.

Participation in an activity like this helps people:

  • discover how racial injustice and social injustice impact congregations and communities
  • connect with one another around these issues
  • identify ways to dismantle racism and other forms of discrimination


If you are interested in using this with your congregation, or making it available to your congregation, please submit your info below. Upon receipt, we will provide the 21 days of curriculum, plus a tool kit including sample emails, resources for holding conversations, and bulletin notes to share with your congregation during the challenge.

Let’s get started!