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.
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.
Racial Justice Group Members
Erin Braden, Co-Chair
Kay Lee, Co-Chair
Cassie Grimsley Ackerley
The Rev. Nicole Lambelet
Faith and Racial Equity Series
September 1 is the deadline for signing up for the Faith and Racial Equity series. This eight-session program, developed by JustFaith Ministries, emphasizes spiritual growth while examining the history of racism in the U.S. and how we have all been adversely affected by institutional racism.
The series kicks off on Saturday, September 12 with a virtual opening retreat for all participants. Afterward we will divide into smaller groups conducted via Zoom for eight (approximately 1½-2 hour) weekly sessions facilitated by Epiphany members trained by JustFaith. Topics include:
Privilege and white fragility
Origins of race and racial identity
Cultural messages forming racial understanding
Privilege and Education
Privilege and the Media
Implicit Bias, policing, drug policy
Ways to action
Necessary preparation prior to sessions will include selections from books and other excerpts, reflection on topics and experiences, and videos. The primary texts are White Fragility, by Robin DiAngelo, I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness, by Austin Channing Brown, 40 Days of Prayer: For the Liberation of American Descendants of Slavery, presented by the Angela Project. There is no fee for the program, just the cost of books. We encourage purchasing from local independent bookstores, when possible. Assistance with the cost of books is available - please email the Rev. Amy Dills-Moore.
September 1 is rapidly approaching. In order to facilitate planning please email Erin Braden as soon as possible if you are interested in participating. We hope you will join us!