(CHRISTIANPOST) — A North Carolina church is offering a program called “Racists Anonymous” that helps people overcome racist tendencies by using a 12-step program similar to how “Alcoholics Anonymous” treats those working to overcome substance abuse.

Trinity United Church of Christ of Concord, an LGBT-affirming congregation, started the program in late July and has held five meetings since then, averaging out about a dozen attendees of varying races and genders.

The Rev. Nathan King, lead pastor of Trinity UCC since 2001, told The Christian Post that their program was modeled off of another Racists Anonymous group that meets at Congregational United Church of Christ in Sunnyvale, California.

“We began it because we recognized our participation in a system of discrimination against people of color and we seek to be more consciously aware of our internalized prejudices so we can change our behavior,” explained King.

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