Racial Reconciliation

 

•Racial Reconciliation in St. Andrew’s Community: A Reflection from the Sacred Ground Facilitators

Our Sacred Ground course began before COVID-19 hit and was suspended until later this year. However, with recent events, our facilitators, Dorothy Gibson and Carrie Littauer, reflect and give action items for our St. Andrew’s community to do. Please read, mark, inwardly digest, and act in a way for lasting change and how God is calling you in your life circumstances:

In this time of upheaval and protest in our country, many of us are experiencing sorrow at the pain of so many and discomfort about how to understand and engage in the work of anti-racism. Fortunately for us, there are a lot of resources we can draw on to deepen our understanding.

As Carrie and I (Dorothy) have discussed, we know this work of anti-racism is a lifelong process. It is something we will need to work at every single day—how to bear witness, how to be an ally, how to make sure I listen and learn and validate the voices that we need to hear. And some days will go better than others. And, thank God, we can get up tomorrow and try again to do better.

We think the best way to dig in on this is to watch the films and read the books and blogs and magazines that are dedicated to telling these stories and shining the light on the reality of the impacts of systemic and institutional racism. If you are able, donate money so we can support those efforts our siblings of color ask us to support. Since we aren’t able to gather as a community, find someone who you can do this work with. Someone else who is wanting to understand and take on the work of being anti-racist.

There are many great lists of resources that we can access. Here are some suggestions:

From the national Episcopal church:

https://episcopalchurch.org/racial-reconciliation

https://episcopalchurch.org/responding-to-racist-violence

Black Lives Matter:

https://blacklivesmatter.com/resources/

From St. Mark’s:

https://saintmarks.org/2020/06/recognizing-racism-working-for-change/

From Sojourners:

https://sojo.net/articles/our-white-friends-desiring-be-allies?fbclid=IwAR2TGblu2oFDNhKVXT7Wd9po50Zsn2oDt9wSc30U_SC6DV9QlJ5XEBQyr6s

There’s a Toolkit for Anti-Racism allies on the Seattle Public Library homepage:

https://www.spl.org/

We look forward to the time when we can gather together again. In the meantime, know you are not alone in any of this.

As we affirm in the Baptismal covenant: “Will you strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being?” “I will, with God’s help.”

–Dorothy Gibson and Carrie Littauer, Sacred Ground facilitators

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Goes live again on, Jun 21st, at 3pm! Click here to view the livestream

On Saturday, June 20, (and again on Sunday, June 21st) you are invited to participate with The Episcopal Justice Assembly for The Poor People’s Campaign Moral March on Washington Digital Gathering. Register using this link to receive more information. The Poor People’s Campaign is a non-partisan, interracial, intersectional, gathering of impacted people, religious and social justice partners building on the work of Dr. Martin Luther King’s Poor People’s Campaign.

 

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Kyrie — Repentance For Complicity

…This racism is an old, sinful disease in the fabric of the United States that continues to murder the spirits and bodies of those who are created in God’s image. If we, as Christian people, believe in our baptismal covenant that we are to ‘seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving your neighbor as yourself’ and we are to ‘strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being’ then we have a mission to minister to and with those who are marginalized, those who are struggling, those who are mourning, and those who cry out for justice, repentance, and reconciliation….”

–Excerpt from St. Andrew’s Racial Justice
and Reconciliation Statement written by

Mo. Danáe Ashley.

•PDF: St. Andrew’s Racial Justice and Reconciliation Statement and Resources

Many of you have asked your clergy what you can do personally, as the St. Andrew’s community, and as the larger Episcopal Church in the United States. I have gathered together resources from the Presiding Bishop, our Diocesan Bishop, and other places to aid you in your discernment. Please click here or on the PDF linked above to view it.  I encourage you to begin with the foundation of prayer: pray for discernment about what God is specifically calling you to do in the midst of this. Pray for those who have been killed, wounded, hurt, and those who mourn, are angry, and feel helpless. Some of the resources are prayers if you do not know what to pray, including Kyrie: Repentance for Complicity with music by Kester Limner and Andy Myers and text by Laura Jean Truman. -Mo. Danáe