St. Columba’s Antiracism Task Force
Dear Fellow Parishioners,
As the Anti-Racist Task Force begins its work, we want to share with you what we know at this point and to invite your participation as we move forward.
Ledlie and the Vestry have defined our mission in the attached charter, which you can find here. We encourage you to read or watch Ledlie’s sermon regarding his vision for St. Columba’s as a church that lives God’s love by being anti-racist.
The Task Force will be meeting twice per month for the foreseeable future. Between now the Summer, our work will be guided in large part by the consultants retained by the Vestry, Lorraine Gordon and Mark Ewert. Those of you attended the Zoom congregational meetings about the Task Force will have met them.
Please be patient with us in these early months. The members of the Task Force need to learn what the consultants have to teach us, develop a trusting working relationship among ourselves (we have signed on for two years), and gather information from outside the parish from those who have already embarked on this work and have useful experience. Then we expect to turn to deeper conversation with you and the various ministries of the Church.
Do not hesitate, however, to contact any of us with your thoughts and questions. We expect soon to be asking you to complete a survey (with some open-ended questions) that will help us better understand our challenges and opportunities.
We are excited to begin this journey of living God's love; we are dedicated to the goal of moving St Columba's towards becoming an antiracist church; and we are committed to ensuring that this journey becomes a permanent part of who we are as a parish. This is hard work, but we believe it is the work of the Holy Spirit. We welcome your prayers.
Kesha Evans, co-chair
Lane Heard, co-chair
Laura Akowuah | Peter Lynch | Lauren Counts | Brian Matthews | Katharine Huffman | Judy Morrison
Bill Jensen | Jeremiah Williams | Patty Jensen
Cami Caudill, Missioner for Community Engagement
Abigail Gorman, Senior Warden, ex officio
Ledlie Laughlin, Rector, ex officio
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