Dismantling racism and working for equal justice for all people is a spiritual discipline. In the Gospel according to John, Jesus says, “If you continue in my word, you are truly my disciples; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.” We find this truth walking in the way of our God, who Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church Michael Curry describes as “loving, liberating, and life-giving.” Theologian James Cone defines a Christian as “one striving for liberation.” We see this thread of truth and freedom weaving through our faith and our lives as Americans, who are born into a society built on oppressing certain identities. When we seek the truth about ourselves, our communities, our society, our history, and our future, we participate with God in bringing about more freedom for those who are oppressed and more truth for those who benefit from oppression.
The spiritual discipline of dismantling racism and working for equal justice leads us down three paths: meditation, reflection, and action.
This intentional book club is intended for people who understand that the toxicity of historic and contemporary racism must be confronted…in our hearts, in our minds, and in our communities. In this book club, we will reflect on texts (fiction and nonfiction), films, and podcasts on race, racism, and white supremacy. We will create a “safe and brave space” to discuss ugly and uncomfortable issues, with the intent of building our individual and collective courage to help dismantle racism.
The group meets monthly at the Mystic & Noank Library starting on Tuesday, February 25, 2020 at 6pm.
Voices Working to Dismantle Racism and Promote Equity
In this series of our Sunday morning Adult Forum, we watched and then reflected on a series of talks by Bryan Stevenson, Robin DiAngelo, and Priya Vulchi and Winona Guo. You can view the videos and discussion prompts by clicking here.
Resources for the Season of Racial Healing, Justice, and Reconciliation
Here you will find resources – books, films, articles, etc. – to help you confront the insidious force of racism in your own life, and in our community and country (compiled by Pastor Adam Thomas). This is far from an exhaustive list by any means, but it is a place to join the movement to dismantle racism, a movement that is as old as racism itself. Click here to see the list. (Note — this is a different list of resources than the one used for the Mystic Conversations on Race.)