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Update from the Task Force

The Task Force has been doing the following over the past few months: developing a plan for Trinity, including goals and action items; helping with a book discussion group, participating in the local Ministers Coalition for Social Change, reading and reviewing books on racial justice for Trinity Newsletter articles, interviewing ministers of other churches, and preparing events for Trinity.

You are invited to participate in social change training and group discussions over the next few months – including a Lenten series about Bishop Michael Curry’s book – “The Way of Love.” Some online training includes: https://projects.seattletimes.com/2016/under-our-skin/#  

Since the second banner “Let’s Dismantle Racism” on the church grounds was stolen a second time in December, there is still a need for the work of the Task Force. If you have any questions, please contact Jean Hunt.

Dismantle Racism

Members of the Dismantling Racism Task Force are Wendell Anderson, Ruth Brancolini, Sam Burton, Jim Carlock (chair), Jean Hunt (co-chair), Selby McCash, Carol Walker, and Alda White. Watch for their updates in future newsletters.

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.”

The Trinity Vestry has assigned a Task Force to investigate and develop a Plan to Dismantle Racism. This group has been meeting regularly since early August and working diligently in the areas of conducting outreach, developing goals, and providing opportunities for education and training.

Members of the Task Force 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. Additionally, Task Force members are applying a strategic planning approach in developing a plan to dismantle racism, including creating a vision statement, mission statement, identifying opportunities and threat, and plotting a course for short- and long-term strategies. Guidance is being received from the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia’s Minister for Missional Engagement. Also, the Trinity Vestry is being given updates on progress.

If you would like more information about the Task Force, you may contact the Assistant Leader, Jean Hunt

 

Book Reviews

Task Force members will be reviewing books bi-monthly in the newsletter. The books will be selected from the comprehensive list found under the Suggested Book List on this page.

The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together, by Heather McGhee
This book is a personal journey across the country, tallying what we lose when we buy into the zero-sum paradigm – the idea that progress for some of us must come at the expense of others. The Sum of Us is a brilliant analysis of how we arrived here: divided and self-destructing, materially rich, but spiritually starved and vastly unequal. In unlikely places of worship and work, the author finds proof of what she calls the “Solidarity Dividend”: the benefits we gain when people come together across race to accomplish what we simply cannot do on our own. With a startling empathy, this heartfelt message from a Black woman to a multiracial America leaves us with a new vision for a future in which we finally realize that life can be more than a zero-sum game.

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.