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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 3-5 books bi-monthly (2nd and 4th Wednesdays) in the newsletter. The books will be selected from the comprehensive list (currently 23 books) found under the Suggested Book List on this page.

We’re Still Here: Contemporary Virginia Indians Tell Their Stories, Sandra F. Waugaman and Danielle Moretti-Langholtz, 2000, 107 pp.

This book is a collaboration of the authors and Virginia Indians to give the reader insight into the rich history, current reservation culture, and hopes for the future of Virginia Indians. The book includes extensive interviews, photographs, a glossary, and other resources to tell the story of these indigenous people.

 

The Forgotten Slavery of Our Ancestors is a short video from Teaching Tolerance which offers an introduction to the history of Indigenous enslavement on land that is now the United States. As the featured historians point out, the enslavement of Indigenous peoples stretched from Alaska into South America. It predated and helped shape the system of African enslavement in New England, and it lasted until throughout the 19th century in the West. “This,” explains historian Andrés Reséndez, “is our shared history.” Directed and edited by Howdice Brown III, The Forgotten Slavery of Our Ancestors was produced by Marie Acemah and Alice Qannik Glenn. The running time for this video is just over 12 minutes long. The video may be found here . Just page down a little and then click on the arrow to start the video.

Suggested Book List

For a list of books recommended by the Trinity Task Force to Plan to Dismantle Racism, click here

Task Force members will be reviewing 3-5 books bi-monthly (2nd and 4th Wednesdays) in the newsletter. The books will be selected from the comprehensive list (currently 23 books) found above.

First set of reviews can be found here.

Second set of reviews can be found here.