Notices and InformationJanuary 1, 2023
Solidarity Statement on Race Relations
As members of the body of Christ, St. Francis-in-the-Fields Episcopal Church commits itself to justice, equity and inclusion for all people. We acknowledge that throughout its history and across its denominational branches, the churches that name Christ as savior have tolerated, shared in, and fostered the sins of racism, bigotry, sexism, homophobia, and other expressions of exclusion and intolerance toward our fellow human beings. These attitudes, conscious and unconscious, have resulted in prejudice, disenfranchisement, oppression, and violence toward our sisters and brothers whom we are called by Christ to love.
As the people of St. Francis, and as Christian believers in our time and place, we confess that we are part of this systemic and societal immorality that is contrary to the teachings of Jesus Christ and we acknowledge the need for repentance, both for ourselves and the entire Christian Church. We acknowledge the system of racism inherent in the continuing history of our country and we commit to educate ourselves to recognize it and to speak and act to dismantle it.
We stand in full solidarity with all members of our community, inside or outside of the Church, who have been marginalized. We seek to hear, understand, and learn from the stories of those who have been demeaned, repressed, and exploited. We commit to exposing the unfaithfulness and passiveness in ourselves that propagates exclusion and provides solace to unjust society. We resolve to live more fully into the vows of our Baptismal Covenant to strive for justice and peace among all people and respect the dignity of every human being.
- Approved by the Vestry of St. Francis-in-the-Fields, July 8, 2020
For children and adults:
Inform and educate on the source of what we see our country, finally acknowledging more comprehensively, systemic racism. First, it is imortant to understand the history and origins of racism and racial injustice in the U.S. Most importantly is understanding that racism was created to justify slavery for economic purposes and is not scientific. These are a few good resources:
* The documentary 13th
. It is free on YouTube and on Netflix. There is some cursing and graphic pictures. If you have not seen this, watch it yourself first. This is a cliffnotes version of 13th.
A TED talk by Megan Ming Frances, "Let's get to the Root of Racial Injustice."
This is a good video about getting to the source and acknowledging systemic racism.
* RACE - the Power of an Illusion
. This is a four part PBS series. If there is interest in learning more, this is a scientific and sociologic set of videos that can be purchased for $5.
* Here is a recent talk
about talking to kids about race.
It is important to name and learn more about microaggressions.
Here is the definition by Derald Wing-Sue:
: everyday verbal, nonverbal, and environmental slights, snubs, or insults, whether intentional or unintentional, which communicate hostile, derogatory, or negative messages to target persons based solely upon their marginalized group membership.
These are two quick videos about microaggressions.
Dr. Derald Wing Sue - Microaggressions in his own words
Look Different | "Your English is so good." | MTV
Encourage attention to black inventors and history:
Lewis Howard Latimer biography
. Lewis Howard Latimer was an inventor and draftsman best known for his contributions to the patenting of the light bulb and the telephone.
Carbon Light Bulb Filament, Invented by Lewis Latimer in 1881
The Accidental Invention of the Super Soaker