Like many organizations committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion, the Godly Play Foundation Board realized in the summer of 2020 that we needed to become more intentional and active in the work of anti-racism. We are therefore excited to announce that our anti-racism task force will begin its work this December and to share with you the Board statement committing the Foundation to this on-going work of building ever more diverse circles.
Godly Play Foundation Board Anti-Racism Statement
Our mission at the Godly Play Foundation is to understand, promote, and nurture children’s spirituality so that children have the tools they need to make meaning about life and death in a way that will foster growth throughout their lives. In the story of the Great Family (Genesis 12, 15, 17-18, 21, 24) told in Godly Play circles around the world, we hear that God came so close to Abraham and Abraham came so close to God that he knew what God wanted him to do. He made of Abraham a Great Family, “and we are all part of this Great Family, as many as the grains of sand in the desert, and the stars in the sky.” The crises in our country right now reveal the degree to which racism and its legacy of unjust systems and institutions have made many feel as if they are not a part of this family. These crises compel those of us in Godly Play circles to, like Abraham, seek ways to come close to God, so that we have both the courage and the strength to work to make this vision a reality, not just for some but for all.
In response, we, the Board of the Godly Play Foundation, turn and commit ourselves and the Foundation to move beyond guilt and good intentions into action grounded in the Gospel. For us, this means ensuring that Godly Play includes all children as it equips them and the adults who partner with them to imagine and create a more just future.
There will always be more to see and do. So, we will continuously evaluate and address what God is calling us to leave out of our work – or to add – so that we have all that we need for our stories, our materials, our training, and our leadership structures.
We long for the day when the dream of the ancient Hebrew prophet Amos (5:24) and the modern prophet the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. comes true and “justice rolls down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream;” and we commit ourselves to work toward the realization of this dream for all children.