Racial Justice

  Racial Justice  

“What can we, as a community of faith, do to address racial reconciliation, healing and justice?”


This question is on the hearts and minds of many in these troubled times. Care & Justice will spend the next year or more exploring questions of faith and race.  

Sacred Ground, a year-long curriculum on institutional racism and personal responsibility.
Race & Faith Forum, an occasional series of videos, lectures, interviews and readings with group discussion.
Youth-led activities.
Care & Justice Recommends, vetted resources for your personal learning and reflection.

SACRED GROUND



 

Sacred Ground is a film- and readings-based dialogue series on race, grounded in faith.  Small groups are invited to walk through chapters of America’s history of race and racism, while weaving in threads of family story, economic class, and political and regional identity.
 

The 10-part series is built around a powerful online curriculum of documentary films and readings that focus on Indigenous, Black, Latino, and Asian/Pacific American histories as they intersect with European American histories.


Sacred Ground is part of Becoming Beloved Community, The Episcopal Church’s long-term commitment to racial healing, reconciliation, and justice in our personal lives, our ministries, and our society.  This series is open to all, and especially designed to help white people talk with other white people.  Participants are invited to peel away the layers that have contributed to the challenges and divides of the present day – all while grounded in our call to faith, hope and love.

Trinity will offer Sacred Ground as a Zoom-based program, in conjunction with St. Mark's in Palo Alto.  Participants will be asked to commit to the full year of monthly meetings, with homework consisting of readings, videos and reflection.


SACRED GROUND INFORMATION SESSION
Sunday, August 23, 11 AM

Stay tuned for video link

 

RACE & FAITH FORUM

Ibram X. Kendi
TED talk video (50 min.)
Watch HERE

Forum discussion
Thursday, August 6th, 5 PM
Rev. Frannie Hall Kieschnik
RSVP:  care.justice@trinitymenlopark.org

 



IBRAM X. KENDI is an historian, author and "antiracism" spokesperson. Kendi is the Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities and the Founding Director of the Boston University Center for Antiracist Research.  He will become the 2020-2021 Frances B. Cashin Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for the Advanced Study at Harvard University.  

Kendi is the author of THE BLACK CAMPUS MOVEMENT, which won the W.E.B. Du Bois Book Prize, and STAMPED FROM THE BEGINNING: THE DEFINITIVE HISTORY OF RACIST IDEAS IN AMERICA, which won the National Book Award for Nonfiction in 2016. His third book, HOW TO BE AN ANTIRACISTwas a #1 New York Times Bestseller and made several Best Books of 2019 lists.  His first board book, ANTIRACIST BABY, was recently published and was a #1 Indie Bestseller.

C&J Recommends  

RACIAL JUSTICE RESOURCES

VIDEO SERIES

The Episcopal Church’s Becoming Beloved Community NOW, a three-part series of webinars was convened by the national church to examine The Episcopal Church’s history, build community, craft strategy and equip leaders, practitioners and communities for action. Videos of the webinars, ranging from 1-2 hours in length, are now available on Facebook:

 
 The first webinar, TRUTH, features remarks by Presiding Bishop Michael Curry.  “Jesus came into the world to testify to the truth,” Curry said.

“Truth-telling and healing our history is the only way to save our country, to save our world. And yet truth-telling is not the goal. Like any nonviolent approach, it is the means, not the end.”  Panelists from around the country share their work uncovering the long hidden and often uncomfortable truths about the church’s historic interactions with people of color.  

The session on JUSTICE offered examples of the church’s social justice work, including the Atlanta-based Absalom Jones Center for Racial Healing, and the Stepping Stones prison ministry of our nearby sister church, St. Andrews, Saratoga.

The session on HEALING highlights a variety of experiences with racial healing among speakers from Indigenous, Latino and Asian-American communities.

BOOK

This summer St. Mark's conducted a very successful "all parish book read" on Ibram X. Kendi's best selling book, How to be an Anti-Racist.  Shall we do the same?  Send your comments to Care.Justice@TrinityMenloPark.org.