The Episcopal Church has long been involved in anti-racism work, and our last General Convention committed the lion’s share of our financial resources to this important work.
The Episcopal Church in Minnesota has embraced our Presiding Bishop’s Call to join the Jesus Movement in building the Beloved Community. (hear PB Curry in his own words here). See what the Episcopal Church in Minnesota is doing here.
St. Mary’s has been putting energy into intentional conversations about the history of race in this country, and for each of us to look at the advantages or disadvantages we experience based on our race. We have had several in depth classes on this topic, guest speakers, sermons, and this Lent will are engaging in a preaching series on the topic of race and the Episcopal Church. You can listen to the sermons here.
On Memorial Day we will take an intergenerational trip to northern Minnesota where we will learn from the First Peoples there about their connection to the land and how the proposed Line 3 Pipeline endangers the water, fishing, and wild rice production, not to mention violates historical treaties.
We invite you to join us in this work of awareness, self-reflection, lament, repentance, and reparations.
To get you started, here are some resources we have found particularly helpful:
The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander
Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson
Stamped From the Beginning by Ibram Kendhi
When They Call You a Terrorist by Patrisse Khan Cullors
Waking Up White by Debby Irving