Epiphany Book Group: Becoming an Anti-Racist Church
In the months to come, Holy Trinity will provide opportunities and resources for learning to talk about race and the work to bring about equity (a wholly different concept from equality). The first such opportunity will be an Epiphany book group around the first half of Becoming an Anti-Racist Church: Journeying Toward Wholeness by Joseph Barndt. It’s a chance to begin the discernment process to which the Vestry statement calls us. All meetings will be held on Zoom, beginning January 13 at 7 p.m. and continue through the subsequent Wednesdays in Epiphany.
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