As a community of faith, our baptismal covenant calls us to seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving our neighbor as ourselves, to strive for justice and peace among all people, and to respect the dignity of every human being.
Erin Braden, Co-chair
Kay Lee, Co-chair
CALL TO ACTION
In order to live fully into our values as followers of Jesus, Epiphany’s racial justice group (RJG) is committed to pursuing racial equity and bringing an end to white supremacy. We uphold the dignity of all human beings when we expose racist ideas and policies that are based on a hierarchy of human value and when we actively engage in anti-racist work. Through vigorous learning, challenging discussion, and personal growth, we hope to better understand the ways in which we each benefit from and are harmed by racial oppression. While we accept this as lifelong work, we believe that every step in the process of new understanding can be transformative.
We invite the parish to engage in racial justice work individually and collectively, within our families, our church, and the broader community. This page provides an evolving set of resources for learning and action, so please visit often. In addition, look for informational articles and opportunities for active engagement in the Epiphany Star newsletter. We gratefully welcome you on this journey and invite your feedback. Please reach out to any member of the group below with suggestions or questions. Contact information is in the parish directory.
The Racial Justice Group (RJG) meets 2nd Tuesdays at 7 p.m. Called by our baptismal covenant to strive for justice and peace among all people and to respect the dignity of every human being, the RJG is focused on lifelong learning and action steps we can take as individuals and as a church community to help achieve racial equity and justice. All are welcome.
RACIAL JUSTICE BOOK GROUP
The Epiphany Racial Justice Book (ERJB) Group is reading How the Word is Passed: A Reckoning with the History of Slavery Across America, by Clint Smith (approximately 336 pages, available through the DeKalb County Library system).
We will meet to discuss this book on Wednesday, June 1 (6:45 - 8p.m. - Room 201). Please join us, we would love to have you.
About the book
Beginning in his hometown of New Orleans, Clint Smith leads the reader on an unforgettable tour of monuments and landmarks—those that are honest about the past and those that are not—that offer an intergenerational story of how slavery has been central in shaping our nation's collective history, and ourselves….A deeply researched and transporting exploration of the legacy of slavery and its imprint on centuries of American history, How the Word Is Passed illustrates how some of our country's most essential stories are hidden in plain view—whether in places we might drive by on our way to work, holidays such as Juneteenth, or entire neighborhoods like downtown Manhattan, where the brutal history of the trade in enslaved men, women, and children has been deeply imprinted. Informed by scholarship and brought to life by the story of people living today, Smith's debut work of nonfiction is a landmark of reflection and insight that offers a new understanding of the hopeful role that memory and history can play in making sense of our country and how it has come to be.
Racial Justice Group Members
Erin Braden, Co-Chair
Kay Lee, Co-Chair
Cassie Grimsley Ackerley
The Rev. Nicole Lambelet