Racial Equity Project
The Racial Equity Project at Church of the Servant is focused on racial justice and reconciliation beginning with our parish and moving into the wider community. This group was formed in response to the Vestry decision in 2022 to focus on racial justice. We understand that this essential work will take time and we also realize that we may never “finish." As the Church, we agree that this is the work that we are called to do as a part of our Baptismal Covenant.
To create racial equity within our church and community.
To follow the Episcopal Church's Becoming Beloved Community whereby we work for racial justice, healing, and reconciliation because it is the work that we are called to do as a part of our Baptismal Covenant.
To achieve our mission, we will:
Educate ourselves using:
- Sacred Ground which teaches us the true history of Black, Latino, Indigenous, and Asian American and Pacific Islander citizens.
- guest speakers who work for racial equity from our local Black community.
- our church library of racial justice and equity books.
Discern our role in racial equity work as a parish by working through the questions posed in Becoming Beloved Community and simultaneously coming up with action plans.
Support changes in our parish to make our church a place where all feel welcome as they are. We will support our local Black community both financially and in ways that the community we strive to serve deems appropriate.
If you have any questions regarding Racial Equity Project, please contact Shawn Manning at [email protected].
Read more about:
- Becoming Beloved Community
- Sacred Ground, A Film-Based Dialogue Series on Race & Faith
- Video titled “The Church Cracked Open: The Challenge of Beloved Community” In this video Dr. Catherine Meeks, Executive Director of the Absalom Jones Center for Racial Healing and the Rev. Canon Stephanie Spellers, Canon for Evangelism and Reconciliation for the Most Rev. Michael Curry, Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church, discuss how the pandemic and the reckoning with white supremacy could be a blessing for the Church, opening a way to living with greater love and justice. The discussion is framed by the themes of the latest book by Canon Spellers The Church Cracked Open: Disruption, Decline, and New Hope for Beloved Community.
Sacred Ground, an intensive curriculum offered by the Episcopal Church about race and racism, has been the focus of three small group studies at Church of the Servant. The white community's he…
Check out the church library in the parish hall! Many books related to racial equity are available for children, youth and adults. No library card required! Just borrow and return for others to enjoy.