Tell Me the Truth About Racism

Helping you share the gift of antiracism with kids in your church

What is "Tell Me the Truth About Racism"?

Tell Me the Truth About Racism is a story that frames racism through the lens of Christian faith for children aged 5-12. We, Will Bouvel and Jen Holt Enriquez, first built the foundation of this work in Lent 2021 to teach to children at our churches in the Episcopal Diocese of Chicago. Soon thereafter we began training other Christian formation leaders to do this work in their own churches. The training program received a Becoming Beloved Community Grant from the Episcopal Church in July of 2021. So far we've walked along side 21 communities across the United States and Canada so that they can bring the gift of antiracism to their children. We'd love to partner with you also in this work! Click here to see what trainings are happening next.

The gift of antiracism for kids

Tell Me the Truth About Racism invites our youngest Christian disciples into the work of antiracism through faith in God. Children are sponges of curiosity, absorbing everything they can to make sense of the world. Sadly, because racism is so systemic in the world, it is also one of the things they will absorb. We believe that framing racism in the context of our faith offers a powerful value system to ground an otherwise difficult discussion. Our approach defines racism as “The lie in our world that some people are better than others based on the color of their skin.” It is only because of the Truth we know from God, that all people are equally children of God, that we can clearly frame racism as a lie. Racism is a distortion from how God made us, even though most of us adults are so used to it that it's hard to notice. Before children absorb the lie that racism tells them about other people and even about themselves, we can expose how wrong it is with the Truth of God. That is why we feel that antiracism is a gift to give children.

-Jen and Will

Our 7 session training gives you the support and brainstorming to adapt the core story of "The Lie of Racism" for your specific context. Learn more and APPLY here.

See the latest offerings about our cohort trainings, seminars, and info sessions here.

On our YouTube channel you can watch sessions of the class that Jen and Will have shared with kids, which includes "The Lie of Racism" story.

We can design a workshop or presentation for your church or institution.