The Committee for Racial Healing (CFRH)

Sprung from the murder of George Floyd in the Summer of 2020, Trinity's Vestry, along with their parishioners, felt a deep need to address the issue of racism in our country. At the time of Floyd's murder, Trinity relied heavily on the committed support and leadership of its Vestry. Through deep discernment and open-hearted conversations between parishioners and its Vestry, Trinity quickly came to realize the issue of deep-rooted racism in our country, and the implications it had for members of the community, was simply something they hadn't addressed as a congregation.

 

What started with a banner that simply stated "Let's dismantle Racism," quickly lead to a task force and an initiative that made Trinity a hub for racial healing. Through book reviews, outreach, and educational efforts, the Committee for Racial Healing (CFRH) works to help members of the community and beyond bring an awareness and thorough examination of race in society and what it really means to move from "non-racist" to "anti-racist." 

It is through the leadership of James Carlock that the committee developed and its mission became clear. If you'd like to learn more about the committee, please contact James Carlock or call Trinity's office at (540) 373-2996.

The committee is not currently accepting new members. 

Our Latest Book Review

Every month, the CFRH writes a book review over a text that examines race in society.

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The True Story of Pocahontas: The Other Side of History

by Dr. Linwood "Little Bear" Custalow (Author), Angela L. Daniel "Silver Star" (Author)

Paperback - Illustrated, January 1, 2007 by Fulcrum Publishing

 

Most of us heard the story of Pocahontas and Captain John Smith in elementary school. The version of the story we learned was written from the English colonist’s perspective and, unfortunately, contained some myths which have become part of a romanticized tale about the daughter of the Powhatan leader. Pocahontas was not even her real name it was a pet name given her by her father. Her name was Matoaca.

 

The True Story of Pocahontas is the first public publication of the Powhatan perspective that has been maintained and passed down from generation to generation within the Mattaponi Tribe, and the first written history of Pocahontas by her own people. This book shares the previously unpublished oral history of the Mattaponi tribe, one of the original tribes of the Powhatan chiefdom encountered by the English colonists who founded Jamestown. The True Story of Pocahontas shines light on the history, customs, and way of life of the Powhatan people. It is a true story of family love, dedication, and tragedy.