The Committee for Racial Healing (CFRH)
“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:
February 7th Parish Zoom: How to be Anti-Racist led by Aisha Huertas, DoV Minister for Mission Engagement;
February to March: Lenten Series Parish Read: Love is the Way by Bishop Michael Curry;
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.
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:
March to April: Helping to Facilitate Lenten Series
Spring: Parish Zoom Meeting with DoV Missioner for Racial Healing and Justice, Rev. Lee Hill
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.
The 1619 Project: A New Origin Story
by Nikole Hannah-Jones, published by One World in 2021, 590 pages
Find it on Amazon here.
Originally published in The New York Times Magazine in 2019 to observe the 400th anniversary of the arrival of 20-30 enslaved Africans in Jamestown, Virginia, it was later published as a book with additional works. The book is a compilation of fiction and non-fiction, essays and poems by the magazine writers and other contributors, with a brief historical fact by year from 1619 to present before each of the 18 chapters. The 19 essays discuss details of history as well as modern American society. Nikole Hannah-Jones, who wrote the first and last chapters, was awarded a Pulitzer Prize for covering racial injustice for The New York Times Magazine.
The 1619 Project is arguably the most controversial book of our time because it "aims to reframe the country's history by placing the consequences of slavery and the contributions of Black Americans at the very center of the United States' national narrative.” It is an important book for those who are interested in building a Beloved Community since it brings out fundamental views over the trajectory of American society:
(1) Was America founded as a slavocracy, and are current racial inequities the natural outgrowth of that?; or
(2) Was America conceived in liberty, a nation haltingly redeeming itself through its founding principles?
These are not simple questions to answer, because the nation’s pro-slavery and anti-slavery tendencies are so closely intertwined.
The book closes with the following food for thought:
“Citizens inherit not just the glory of their nation, but its wrongs too. A truly great country does not ignore or excuse its sins. It confronts them, and then works to make them right. If we are to be redeemed, we must do what is just: we must, finally, live up to the magnificent ideals upon which we were founded.”
NOTE: Some of the information above was taken from Wikipedia and a December 23, 2019 issue of
The Atlantic Magazine.