Becoming an Inclusive "Beloved Community" Antiracism Initiative
Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,
You may have heard about the formation of the Beloved Community Commission here at our parish. We are pleased to invite you to join us in the work of seeking “to serve Christ in all persons,” and we have included here the answers to some of the questions you might have about the commission. Please know that all interested persons are welcome to participate on the Commission and to become members.
Why form a Beloved Community Commission?
The Christian mandate is the directive we received from Jesus to “love one another.” In our Baptismal Covenant we promise “to seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving our neighbors as ourselves” and “strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being.” To this end, we strive to re-examine our relationship to the body politic, remembering that our Christian responsibility to the creation of a just and fair society is work we are called to do by our Lord. Public policy, the economy, the environment, and equal access to participation in this endangered democracy cannot be compartmentalized away from the authentic Christian message.
Where do we begin?
We start by being clear about our own beliefs. What is our tradition truly saying to us? We must move toward knowing and speaking the truth to each other about what we say we believe and how our beloved church has been so often in violation of that.
What will the Commission do?
As Christians, we are called to speak and live in a way that refutes the culture of materialism, untruth, self-centeredness, greed, White supremacy, and domination. We must ask ourselves how we can live out change and help create change that contradicts the old mindset. We start with reading, awareness, reflection, open dialogue, and action.
Who is on the Beloved Community Commission?
Current members of the Beloved Community Commission include Michael Thomas, Linda Brown, Russ Ingersoll, Bill Drake, Carol Lucas, Mark Lile-King, Rev Sarah Carver and Rev David Umphlett. We hope to have representation from every commission and committee of the church. The invitation to join is open to every member of our parish, regardless of where you are on your respective antiracism journey.
If you are interested in becoming a member of this commission, please contact any of the members or email the parish administrator at .
Opportunities to Engage in the Work of Building Beloved Community
The Beloved Community Commission is meeting and all are welcome!
We are so grateful for the positive response and interest in the Beloved Community. We’re excited about the possibilities and about working together. We will have the 2nd meeting of the Beloved Community Commission on Wednesday, November 17 at 4 p.m. before Stillpoint and Wednesday night suppers. The purpose of this meeting will be to determine next steps. Where do we go from here? We will meet in Roe Library. All are welcome!!
Yours in Christ, Linda Brown and Carol Lucas
The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together by Heather McGhee: Led by Father Umphlett, this book group will read The Sum of Us, a new book highlighting the price all people have paid for the perpetuation of racist ideas and practices. Though the book is a secular work, we will consider its connections to the Biblical imperative to love our neighbors as ourselves. We are all connected at the atomic level. Why then do we participate in systems that not only harm others, but harm ourselves as well? Are we really loving ourselves if we aren’t loving our neighbors?
Tuesdays, October 5 through December 7, 6:30-8 p.m., Broome Hall
Holy Trinity Parishioners,
The COVID pandemic has not only been a challenge to all aspects of our lives, but it has also provided ample time to reflect upon the Black Lives Matter movement, triggered by George Floyd’s death. Your Vestry has been motivated to respond to these acts of anti-black racism.
Therefore, as your Senior Warden, I appointed a group of parishioners to consider prayerfully Holy Trinity’s response to this awareness. The result is the Beloved Community Task Force. After much reflection and research, this group recommended a statement acknowledging past insufficiencies in our Christian life and setting Holy Trinity on a path to become an anti-racist community. Your Vestry adopted this statement on September 28, 2020.
The special Parish Post posted below contains the adopted statement. It also includes additional information about Holy Trinity’s response in conjunction with ongoing initiatives of our North Carolina diocese and The Episcopal Church nationally.
As you read this edition, pray for the discernment process and clarity regarding Holy Trinity’s path going forward. It is our hope that we begin together to find our way to a full and continuing Christian response.
Bill Drake, Senior Warden