ABOUT RACIAL INJUSTICE FROM ACROSS THE EPISCOPAL CHURCH

Let’s Talk About Race, offered by St. Anne’s. Our nation continues to grapple with issues of race, equality, and justice. These are difficult topics to discuss and there are no easy answers. To provide space for these discussions, St. Anne’s offers a new Adult Formation discussion group: “Let’s talk about Race” provides opportunities for the St. Anne’s community to explore issues around race in a safe, supportive environment. We read books, watch and discuss short videos, and have group-driven open forums. The series occurs every other month, usually on Thursdays, 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm, focused on a central theme.  November 2020 is an “off” month. If you are interested in knowing more about this series and when it will resume, please use our Contact Form to email Deacon Debra.

Some suggestions for learning about racism from The Atlanta Diocese. Click here

A Brave Space podcast: Dr. Meeks of the Absalom Jones Episcopal Center for Racial Healing interviews Dr. Beth-Sarah Wright on her new book Dignity. “In this recent episode of the podcast, Dr. Meeks sits down with Dr. Beth-Sarah Wright and has a conversation around respect and dignity based on her new book Dignity. In the Episcopal Church, we often speak of dignity. We strive for it, but sometimes we fall short. Listen in for the full conversation on dignity, the stories, and the challenges of living into this call as followers of Jesus.”

Perspectives with Condace Pressley. Dr. Meeks of the Center for Racial Healing speaks to Perspectives host Condace Pressley on racism, police brutality and the most segregated day in America. Listen Now

Christian Discipleship & the Problem of Racism. Webinars, July 28-Oct. 27. “What is our vocation as a Christian community to ‘seek and serve Christ’ in the black communities disproportionately affected by the coronavirus and the virus of racism?” and “How might we break out of the historically entrenched role our church and denomination have played in sustaining the racist structures which contribute to death rather than life?” These are the questions we seek to answer at this moment. Offered by St. Chrysostom’s Church, Chicago, in partnership with Bexley-Seabury Seminary and the Rev. Dr Reggie Williams, professor at McCormick Theological Seminary, 6 PM to 7:30 PM on Tuesday July 28th, Tuesday August 25th, Tuesday September 29th, and Tuesday October 27th. For details click here.

From Dr. Catherine Meeks: “Please give your Dollar For Justice to the Absalom Jones Episcopal Center for Racial Healing to fund and support activities to help bring justice to all. Be sure to share with your family and friends. Remember, we’re all in this together!” Click here to donate.

The Episcopal Church deepens its engagement with Poor People’s Campaign and racial justice work. Read about this important work HERE.

From The Center for Racial Healing: Dr. Meeks Speaks to Channel 2 Action News on Dismantling Racism. Click here for the interview.

Female church leaders of color urge more anti-racism action in open letter. To read the letter click here.

Multiracial Book Study. Grace Church Cathedral, a mostly white Episcopal congregation in Charleston, South Carolina, and its next-door neighbor Mount Zion African Methodist Episcopal Church, first came together for a racial justice book study four years ago following the massacre of nine members of Mother Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church during a Bible study. Now the killings of George Floyd and other black victims resound as they continue their work together. Read all about it here.

Listen in as Dr. Catherine Meeks and the Rev. Ed Bacon provide a brave space to express grief and outrage at the heartbreaking and appalling killings of Ahmad Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd, and to remember the many innocent African Americans whose lives have been taken because of hatred and racism. “My God, why have you forsaken me? A Time of Lament” comes at a time of mourning the loss of 100,000 Americans to COVID-19, a disproportionate number of whom are people of color, and at a time of uncertainty in our national life. Click to listen.