Racial Justice Resources


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STATEMENT FROM BISHOP BROWN ON RACIAL JUSTICE AND THE EPISCOPAL CHURCH IN MAINE

 

  Read a transcript of Bishop Brown's remarks here.

 

RESOURCES RECOMMENDED BY MAINE'S DIRECTOR OF ADVOCACY

 

JUSTICE COMMISSION OF THE DIOCESE OF MAINE

Bishop Brown spoke of the formation of the Diocese of Maine’s Justice Commission in his statement on June 11th. We are pleased to announce that the chair of the Justice Commission will be the Rev. Eleanor Prior of the Cathedral of St. Luke, Portland. The commission will integrate existing committees and networks, such as Episcopal Peace Fellowship and the Committee on Indian Relations with new initiatives to equip us for the hard work of listening, learning, and joining together to work for racial justice. Thank you to everyone who shared their views with the Commission in the Faith & Race Survey. The results will help guide our work with and for you.

 

LEARNING ABOUT RACIAL JUSTICE 

We are all advised to learn from experts about racial justice. 

Sacred Ground: Read more here about the diocesan led program beginning this September

ChurchNext directs us to these courses that can help:

Presentations are from the Trinity Institute's outstanding conference, Listen for a Change: Sacred Conversations for Racial Justice. You can find more on their website.

Here's a preview to Michael Curry's course:

 

Learn more about indigenous ministry in Maine through the work of the Committee on Indian Relations. Find the documents and resources here.  


 

RESPONDING TO RACIAL VIOLENCE AND POLICE BRUTALITY

The Episcopal Church’s Department of Reconciliation, Justice and Creation Care and the Office of Government Relations have assembled resources to assist individuals, congregations and communities seeking to LEARN, PRAY and ACT. Please use and share the resources below and here

Let Us Pray:

Lord Jesus Christ, whose rage over Injustice upended tables in the Temple, guide our anger and outrage over the murder of George Floyd. Raise up protesters who will be known not for looting and violence, but for effective pressure on unjust systems; inspire legislators to spurn partisan politics in favor of real fairness and change; awaken police departments to end brutality and racial oppression; and may our discontent fuel the searching of our own souls, that we might put to death in us the things that led to George's death. This we ask of the One who finds life in every death,

Amen.

  

SACRED GROUND: A FILM-BASED DIALOGUE SERIES ON RACE & FAITH

 

Episcopal Peace Fellowship-Maine Chapter started a diocesan group in September. This opportunity was open to all and is co-facilitated by the Diocese of Maine. Are you interested in using Sacred Ground in your church? Do you have other questions about the program? Please contact John Hennessy, Director of Advocacy and Networks.

 
Sacred Ground is a film- and readings-based dialogue series on race, grounded in faith. Small groups are invited to walk through chapters of America’s history of race and racism, while weaving in threads of family story, economic class, and political and regional identity.
 
The 10-part series is built around a powerful online curriculum of documentary films and readings that focus on Indigenous, Black, Latino, and Asian/Pacific American histories as they intersect with European American histories.
 
Sacred Ground is part of Becoming Beloved Community, The Episcopal Church’s long-term commitment to racial healing, reconciliation, and justice in our personal lives, our ministries, and our society.  This series is open to all, and especially designed to help white people talk with other white people. 
 
Participants are invited to peel away the layers that have contributed to the challenges and divides of the present day – all while grounded in our call to faith, hope and love.
 
 
 
 
 
 

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