As Christians who believe that every human being is created in the image of God and who are called to respect the dignity of every human being, we need to confront the racial inequity in our hearts and in our nation. There are lots of resources and opportunities for thinking about these things, and the list is growing daily. To help provide some focus for our conversations at the Advocate, here are four recommendations:
First, THE EPISCOPAL FARMWORKER MINISTRY invites us to participate in Beloved Neighbors, an online training program about history, race, and immigration. The training consists of six online sessions, via Zoom, at 10a.m. on Saturdays. The sessions begin August 22, and will conclude October 3 (there was one week that was cancelled). Please register in advance, and a suggested $30 donation, if you are able, will be gratefully received. Learn more about these sessions sure to give us a new perspective about the issues faced by immigrants, and with new tools to enact positive social change.
Second, we continue to work with the local chapter of the NAACP to help get out the vote for this year’s elections. If you are able to participate in phone banking in the weeks ahead, please contact Elizabeth Young.
You can join in texting to get out the vote in North Carolina in partnership with Reclaim Our Vote and NC NAACP. The contact will be done through your computer, not your phone. When you open this google doc you will see options for text message training: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScfWAMtOjgyfl3zRyeNz1RxLDr9kJprcvfySMe4WhoqenF6Hg/viewform?usp=sf_link
Third, we are hoping that half of the adults of the Advocate will participate in an REI (Racial Equity Institute) workshop, either Groundwater or Phase One. While many of the workshops ahead are already full, we are keeping an eye out for late fall. If you are interested in attending an REI workshop, check the partnership websites listed here for more information and to register.
Available REI Groundwater trainings (3 hour intro or refresher)
All are virtual. Price is $40-$45, depending on who is sponsoring.
- The Partnership Project (Greensboro partnership): Sept. 16 and Sept. 21
- Organizing Against Racism: October 14, November 12, December 9
- Alamance Racial Equity Alliance: November 5 in the evening 6pm – 9pm.
Available REI Phase 1 sessions (2-day)
All listed below are virtual. Price is $295 for an individual, $275 per person for a group, $175 student.
- Alamance Racial Equity Alliance: Sept.18-19 and October 12-13
- Organizing Against Racism: Possibly Sept. 2-3 (possibly full) and October 12-13.
The REI website (https://www.racialequityinstitute.com) has most of these options listed as well as others around the country, but does not include all the options (Alamance does not have theirs listed, for example). REI also has a list of all their partnership organizations, and you may find other options for the training by clicking on their links.
If you need finical assistance, please contact the Vicar at vicar@TheAdvocateChurch.org.
Fourth, we are beginning a series of book and film conversations in the season ahead.
In September, we met to discuss White Fragility, Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism written by Robin DiAngelo about race relations in the United States.
In late October, we will discuss Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents, by Isabel Wilkerson. Date to be announced soon.
Let us commit to praying and working together in the seasons ahead.