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Update from the Task Force

The Task Force to Plan to Dismantle Racism (TFTPTDR) is transitioning! 

 

Now that an action plan has been presented to Trinity leadership, the “task” of the Task Force has been completed and the new mission is to implement the plan.  Specific steps in the action plan are in the areas of education, outreach and mobilization.  The mobilization includes the forming of a new History Team to research Trinity, Fredericksburg, Virginia, and the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia for complicity in systemic racism and efforts to dismantle it. 

 

The transitioning of the Task Force includes a new title:  “The Committee for Racial Healing (CFRH).”  Our vision and mission statements remain the same as for the Task Force.  Members of the CFRH have been communicating with a coalition of local clergy, as well as leaders from churches both in the Fredericksburg and Richmond areas to share ideas, approaches, and resources. CFRH members review books bi-monthly in the Trinity Newsletter.

 

If you are interested in helping with the important work of the CFRH, please email Jean Hunt at: dehunt14@msn.com

Dismantle Racism

Dismantling racism for the sake of all people includes the holy and life-giving work of becoming an anti-racist: one who supports an anti-racist policy through their actions or expressing anti-racist ideas. Such actions include speaking up when you witness discrimination against anyone and interrupting offensive jokes or stories and explaining why such acts are offensive/disrespectful. The Episcopal Church has the following statement:   

    ”As the Episcopal branch of the Jesus Movement, we dream and work to foster Beloved Communities where all people may experience dignity and abundant life and see themselves and others as beloved children of God.”

This also relates to one of our baptismal vows, which we renew several times a year, either at a baptism or on the feast days at which baptism is appropriate:

      “Will you strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being?” We, the people respond, “I will, with God’s help."

Book Reviews

CFRH members will be reviewing books bi-monthly in the newsletter. 

Suggested Book List

A book list for adults can be found here.

A book list for children can be found here.

Task Force members will be reviewing books bi-monthly in the newsletter. The books will be selected from the comprehensive list found above.

First set of reviews can be found here.

Second set of reviews can be found here.

Third review can be found here.

Fourth review can be found here.

Fifth review can be found here.

Sixth review can be found here.

Seventh review can be found here.

Eighth review can be found here.

Ninth review can be found here.

Tenth review can be found here.

Eleventh review can be found here.

The twelfth review, Nice Racism by Robin DiAngelo, can be found here

The thirteenth review, The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson, can be found here

The fourteenth review, Courage Has No Color, The True Story Of The Triple Nickles: America's First Black Paratroopers by Tanya Lee Stone, can be found here

The fifteenth review, Biased: Uncovering the Hidden Prejudice That Shapes What We See, Think, and Do by Jennifer L. Eberhardt, PhD., can be found here.  

The sixteenth review, Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes can be found here