The events of Ferguson and New York, have brought to light some of the growing inequalities in America. And many of us are asking what next? What can we do? What needs to be done? This all begins with one of the central teachings of Christ, “love your neighbor as yourself.” When we renew our Baptismal Covenant or baptize new Christians, we are asked “Will you seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving your neighbor as yourself?” Doing that well, necessarily involves listening, learning, and hearing how we are to respond to Christ. This page, seeks to highlight some of the those opportunities as they unfold.
Reading & Reflection: The New Jim Crow
This critically acclaimed text describes the ways in which the U.S. criminal justice system and the War on Drugs work together to exercise a form of racial control that is popularly believed to have ended with the outlawing of the Jim Crow laws. Participants will read a chapter each week and gather on Thursday evenings to prayerfully discuss the material and its call to action for people of faith.
“Set us free, heavenly Father, from every bond of prejudice and fear; that, honoring the steadfast courage of your servant Absalom Jones, we may show forth in our lives the reconciling love and true freedom of the children of God, which you have given us in your Son our Savior Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.”
-The Collect of the Day: Commemorating Absalom Jones
Known as “the Black Bishop of the Episcopal Church,” Jones was an example of persistent faith in God and in the Church as God’s instrument. A complete biography of him can be found at the Standing Committee for Liturgy and Music webpage.
Our Diocese honors him yearly with a commemoration of his feast day.
- Union of Black Episcopalians
- Presiding Bishop Katherine Jefferts Schori’s statement
- Bishop Marc’s statement
- Ferguson: A Way Forward (The Episcopal Church, USA)
- Racial Reconciliation (The Episcopal Church, USA)