The Committee for Racial Healing (CFRH)

Mission Statement:

“To actively engage Trinity Episcopal Church and others in the community in addressing racism

by the creation, development and implementation of sustainable programs and projects designed to

dismantle racism, utilizing educational and advocacy tools.”

The Trinity Committee for Racial Healing (CFRH) was formed in August 2020. The fourteen members bring diverse backgrounds and perspectives to plan for long-term sustainability. The CFRH is divided into four teams: the Education Team, the Outreach Team, the Mobilization Team, and the History Team.

The Education Team offers reviews of books to share with parishioners in the Trinity Newsletter and recommends books on anti-racism and racial healing for the church library.  The Outreach Team reach out to racially diverse churches in the Fredericksburg area and beyond to listen to their efforts in dismantling racism.  Due to the COVID pandemic, the Task Force uses Zoom to communicate.  Members regularly attend meetings for: the local Ministers Coalition for Social Change, the Diocese of Virginia Good Trouble (DVGT) Group, and the Spotsylvania Chapter of the NAACP. 

The Mobilization Team helped initiate several events for the congregation during 2021, including:

  1. February 7th Parish Zoom: How to be Anti-Racist led by Aisha Huertas, DoV Minister for Mission Engagement;

  2. February to March: Lenten Series Parish Read: Love is the Way by Bishop Michael Curry;

  3. July 25th Movie Night: Trinity hosted Movie Night for St. George Episcopal Church since their parish hall was being renovated.  The documentary shown was “Doctrine of Discovery: Stolen Lands, Strong Hearts”, which raises awareness about the religious doctrine and its impact on Indigenous people and settlers.

  4. September to October: Prayerful Conversations Parish Discussion led by Pastor Rippert Roberts, Grace Point Fellowship Church

The History Team researches local and commonwealth significant events relating to race for a Diocese of Virginia strategic goal assignment, due in January 2024.

The CFRH will continue efforts for racial healing in 2022 by continuing current initiatives and pursuing new ones, including:

 

  1. March to April: Helping to Facilitate Lenten Series

  2. Spring: Parish Zoom Meeting with DoV Missioner for Racial Healing and Justice, Rev. Lee Hill

  3. Fall: Parish Panel Discussion with CFRH Members

 

TBD: Implicit (or Unconscious) Bias Training

Our Latest Book Review

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

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Testimony: Young African-Americans on Self-Discovery and Black Identity 

Edited by Natasha Tarpley (1995)

Find it on Amazon here.

"Testimony" is a collection of essays, poems, and stories by young African-Americans on their experiences with race. It was published in 1995, but the experiences they describe are all too relevant today. The pieces in this book cover a wide range of subjects, and give insight into our recent past as well as our present. Each one is deeply affecting and enlightening, but a particular highlight is the poem “The Ones Who Stole the Night” by a college-age Ta-Nehisi Coates.

This is an essential book on the African-American experience because of the immediacy of its first-person accounts. It’s an important perspective to include alongside more abstract, academic works on racism.