PRAYERS FOR RACIAL RECONCILIATION, Holy Week 2021
Use these prayers – a short prayer, a litany, intercessions and confession – to help inspire and strengthen your learning and response, grounded in our relationship with God.
The Episcopal Church made a specific commitment to racial reconciliation a few years ago, establishing the Becoming Beloved Community (BBC) framework. Becoming Beloved Community represents not so much a set of programs as a journey, a set of interrelated commitments around which Episcopalians may organize our many efforts to respond to racial injustice and grow a community of reconcilers, justice-makers, and healers.
You can read more here from Presiding Bishop Michael Curry about how this is the work of the Church, together, and of faithful Christians.
Join Trinity’s journey of racial reconciliation through the activities below, and participate in an online discussion group during Lent to share your thoughts with other members of the congregation.
STEP 1: Participate in the 21 Day Racial Equity Challenge (with Virtual Study Group for Lent)
21-day Racial Equity Habit Building Challenge: For 21 days, do one action daily to further your understanding of power, privilege, supremacy, oppression, and equity. This website includes suggestions for readings, podcasts, videos, observations, and ways to form and deepen community connections.
Another list of resources to use for your 21-day challenge is the Episcopal Church Racial Justice Resources page. A curated collection of resources for engagement and learning on the themes of racial justice, healing and reconciliation. The list includes resources for working with young people.
Track your progress:
If you make this commitment with us and miss a day or two, don’t worry; the goal is to build a regular habit of learning and listening.
STEP 2: Join a Discussion Group
Please join us for a monthly small discussion group on Zoom to continue learning and understanding. We are currently reading the book White Rage: The unspoken truth of our racial divide (Author: Carol Anderson).
Jan 21, 2021 7:00 PM, Chapter 2
Feb 18, 2021 7:00 PM, Chapter 3
Mar 18, 2021 7:00 PM, Chapter 4
Apr 15, 2021 7:00 PM, Chapter 5
May 20, 2021 7:00 PM
Jun 17, 2021 7:00 PM
Contact Nancy Matthews to RSVP or for meeting details.
STEP 3: Continue the work
Faith-based Advocacy: Join the Episcopal Public Policy Network and other organizations to advocate for public policies to pursue the dream of the Beloved Community.