Events of 2020 called St. Lawrence to enrich its equity and equality ministry. An Antiracism task force was formed. The members of the task force are Tom Gracia, Piper Hodson, Ellen Jennings, Hal McGhee, and Sharon Starr - a big thank you to all of them for being willing to contribute to this important ministry.
As the antiracism leaders in our Diocese and national church have said, antiracism efforts must involve prayer, learning, and action. In 2021 we plan a multi-level approach to increasing the congregation’s awareness of systemic racism and white supremacy.
In January each member of the task force told their own story about when they first became aware of race.
In February, which is Black History Month, there were brief “Did You Know” stories about the history of Blacks in the church.
During Lent we used the Conversations that Matter format to read and discuss Me and White Supremacy by Layla Saad. This book began as an Instagram challenge in which tens of thousands of people considered their role in white supremacy and systemic racism. As a book and workbook, it is used widely today in book clubs, schools, families and corporations to raise awareness and generate conversations about this very relevant topic. We hope it has been a meaningful and useful Lenten discipline for St. Lawrence.
Additional programs will be announced this Fall.