Racial Reconciliation

It is a promise made at baptism:

The Celebrant asks: Will you strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being? And the People say: I will, with God’s help.

So, God, now what do we do?

James Baldwin wrote, “Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.”​ Eliminating racism requires deep and meaningful personal and systemic change.

We know this work of racial reconciliation is a lifelong process. It is something we will need to work at every single day — how do we bear witness, how do we become an ally, how do we listen and learn and validate the voices that we need to hear.

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. You are encouraged to be willing to be uncomfortable, to read challenging works from sources you may not ordinarily seek out, and to be intentional in doing both the inner work and the active work in the world that we are called to as Christians.

From The Episcopal Church:

The Episcopal Church’s pathways, resources, and major partners in the ministry of racial reconciliation, justice, and healing.

https://episcopalchurch.org/racial-reconciliation

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

From Black Lives Matter:

A compilation of toolkit resources for education and discussion; view episodes of What Matters, a combination of documentary narrative and contemporary interviews.

https://blacklivesmatter.com/resources/

From the Seattle Public Library – A Toolkit for Anti-Racism:

A compilation of eBooks, Audiobooks, Interviews and Web Seminars.

https://www.spl.org/books-and-media/books-and-ebooks/staff-picks/a-toolkit-for-anti-racism

From St. Mark’s Cathedral, Seattle:

A collection of local and national resources, including resources for children and teens.

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

From Sojourners:

The Sojourners community seeks to discover the intersection of faith, politics, and culture, inviting people to join in, to connect, and to act.

https://sojo.net/

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