Stirring the Waters
"A Ministry for Racial Justice that seeks to educate the parish and ourselves on issues of racial justice, and work to understand the impact of racism and racial inequality, confront white privilege, promote interracial dialogue and act against racial injustice."
Oh God, we pray that you will stir the waters, and agitate the sleepers of our world, who would rather justify injustice than fight against it. And give your people – your young warriors and crying mothers and broken fathers – the courage to accept nothing less than life. Help us to stand for truth, justice, and righteousness. Give us courage to make our witness against injustice in deep and abiding love. Amen.
ADAPTED FROM "A COLLECTIVE PRAYER FOR FERGUSON"
AS COMPILED AND EDITED BY PASTOR RENITA MARIE
Our Call to Action
Covid-19 and its profoundly inequitable impact on people of color has exposed the injustice of 400 years of oppression of brown and black people through slavery and the legacy of white supremacy. The unwarranted murder of Black men by the police has further exposed the impact of systemic institutionalized racism. Stirring the Waters is dedicated to achieving racial equity and supporting St. Columba’s in becoming an anti-racist church. Doing so requires education, understanding and action on many levels. We invite you to join us. We need your support.
Visit our Stirring the Waters Resources for a compilations of books, articles, podcasts, etc. Like us on our Facebook page for more timely announcements of upcoming events and programs. Join us at our monthly meetings. For more information, contact ministry leaders Patty and Bill Jensen.
Submit your questions, comments, ideas here!
Five Ideas for Action
1. Educate Yourself about Racial Justice and Systemic Racism
- Visit the National Museum of African American History and Culture "Talking About Race" webpage
- Take a class, join a book group
- Understand and practice racial justice as a part of your faith | Faith at Home
- Watch historical films, listen to podcasts, and watch TV shows that feature People Of Color | Reso…
The purpose of this list is to provide ideas, prompt discussion and inspire action among St. Columbans. NOTE: The compilers of this list have read or tried a number of the resources on this list, but by no means all. The list is a work in progress! We welcome your additions, comments and edits.
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