With our nation again roiled by protests over racial injustice, you may feel the call to join in the work of racial reconciliation. One of the blessings to us through the partnership with the Diocese of Western New York is that they have some history in this work and have recently reactivated their Commission to Dismantle Racism and Discrimination. Consider reading the reports of some of their work on the diocesan partnership website. You can also turn to the Episcopal Church’s website for info on our denomination’s offerings for the work.
I invite you to take up the work locally and personally. In searching the internet for ways to move forward, I came upon the work of Where Change Happens, an organization aimed at empowering people to become anti-racist. Here is the four-step path they recommend:
- Self Awareness : become aware of racial injustice and your privilege. It does not happen all at once, and in reality this work never ends. But it does begin the journey and needs to be encouraged.
- Education : Intentionally research how systemic racism works, it history and present effects, and how it has impacted the lives of people of color and oneself.
- Self-interrogation : Identify and eliminate the interior racist processes and replace them with the tools for supporting people of color and the work of racial reconciliation.
- Community Action : First, note that this step comes after the first three. Second, realize that we do not have to wait to act nor be afraid to make mistakes. We try, we improve, we try again.
Consider downloading a copy of their Antiracism Starter Kit that goes into more detail on this four step approach to this vital work in racial reconciliation.
You’re invited to join in reading Ta-Nehisi Coates’ book Between the World and Me during June 2020. Check into our social media resources and weekly E-News for announcements of other opportunities to learn and ways we can act locally.