ECMN Justice Work
In our webinar with members of the Presiding Bishop's staff discussing responses to racial violence last week, the Rev. Canon Stephanie Spellers helpfully framed the work as threefold: learn, act, pray.
We also invite us to share what you and your faith community are up to. The call to examine our own systemic racism, historical and contemporary, is an urgent call of the Way of Love, and we can only do this work together. Even if the answer is, "we don't know where to start," we invite every faith community in ECMN to fill in this brief survey to let us know how you're responding to racial violence and systemic racism. We'll use these responses to create a list of resources that all in ECMN can use to further this work.
We know that white folks have particular work to do to unlearn the white supremacy that we've internalized, so in each section, you'll see an ask particular to white siblings.
Bishop Loya invites each member of ECMN to read James Baldwin's incredible The Fire Next Time.(You can purchase it from any of these Black-owned online bookstores.) We will be discussing this book at the June 30th Leading Beyond the Blizzard Gathering (register here).
Please also see the list of resources shared with us by The Episcopal Church and the Presiding Bishop's staff.
There has been a lot of conversation recently about abolishing or defunding the police. BIPOC-led community groups have been doing good work around this issue for a long time. Whatever your feelings on the matter, we encourage you to educate yourselves about this urgent conversation by visiting MPD150.com.
White siblings:Listen. This is a profound moment of opportunity for us to learn about the experiences of children of God who have, simply by virtue of their birth, experienced this world very differently.
Resources from the School For Formation
The School for Formation offers a course called Building Bridges Across Culture and Race. Meaningful steps toward dismantling racism start with understanding our own cultural lens and learning to listen deeply in relationship with others. This course trains you to build your ability to recognize and reconstruct your own cultural and racial bias. Click here to learn more and register.
You can also click here to access five courses on racial justice through our partner ChurchNext. These courses are short and self-paced, and can be accessed by individuals at home or by faith communities for group conversation. (They’re free for members of Episcopal Church in Minnesota faith communities — everyone else, please go directly to ChurchNext — they’re not expensive!)
We hope that, as the Episcopal Church in Minnesota, you will join us in taking action and committing again to the work of racial reconciliation and justice. We ask all Minnesota Episcopalians to join us, as a start, in taking the following actions:
Call elected officials to demand justice for George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Rayshard Brooks, and for all non-white citizens who experience police violence at disproportionate rates
If you can, donate to organizations working on the front line of these issues: Black Visions Collective, Reclaim the Block, CTUL, COPAL, Black Lives Matter Minneapolis, NAACP Minneapolis, Voices for Racial Justice
Donate to the family of George Floyd
We invite you to continue to learn and to move beyond your comfort zone to understand your privilege. We've curated many resources over the years that you can find here.
Specific to rebuilding efforts:
Migizi Communication: MIGIZI Communications advances a message of success, well-being and justice for the American Indian community. Support them rebuilding after fire.
Northside funders group: Raising funds to rebuild on the north side of Minneapolis
Donate to the Lake Street Council
White siblings: In your social media and in-person discourse, amplify the voices of people of color, particularly Black voices.
Missioners have written a Litany for Minnesota's Sins of Racism, which we invite you to pray and to adapt to your own needs and purposes.
The resources shared by the Presiding Bishop's staff include prayers. Find them here.
White siblings, we invite you to get comfortable being uncomfortable. Resist the urge to seek for easy answers, or to wash your hands of culpability.