Why did New City ask me for identity info?
New City is committed to undoing oppression in all forms, perhaps the foremost of which is white supremacy (or white body supremacy, as we call it, since oppression/trauma is stored in the body). To aid us in this effort, we ask our community members to self-identify with gender pronouns, race, and other relevant identities depending on the gathering. Information like this will help us to:
Know how you identify and not leave us to assumptions (i.e., we don’t want to assume anyone’s pronouns, etc.)
Keep track of how we are doing as a church in the work of creating increasingly diverse community
Facilitate future programming, like Fall Life Together groups that are 50% white and 50% people of color
How will this info be used?
Your identity information will be stored in our database system. The database is password protected, and the only people who have access to it are New City staff and certain volunteers (such as follow-up volunteers, who need access to certain information to follow up). We are committed to protecting your privacy. Any staff member or volunteer who no longer needs access to this information is promptly removed, such as an intern ending her time with New City.
Identity information will only be public in anonymous, community-wide analysis, such as a quarterly report saying “In 2019, the attendance of people of color increased by 15%"
can you help me figure out how I identify?
We try our best not to speak social justice insider language at New City. We also know that many people at New City are not native English speakers. Here are some definitions that might help you:
When we ask for you gender pronoun, we mean how you would like to be referred to when you’re out of the room. Common answers are she/her, he/him, they/them (as a singular pronoun), and so forth. For example, “Would you invite Katie to New City? She would really like it here” or “Where did Tonx go? We can’t start the Pride march without them.”
When we ask for race, common responses are “black,” “Asian,” “Native,” “Indigenous,” and so forth. These are identities that are typically based off of heritage and are often indicated by physical traits and culture. It is not appropriate to say, “I do not see race” or “I am color-blind,” as this erases the significant history and particularities of racial identity.