All ministry is about relationships. With this in mind, we invite all parishioners to learn about St. Mary’s new and developing Ministry on Race, Reconciliation & Equity (MORE).
Join our clergy, vestry, and fellow parishioners to confront our collective history of racial and economic segregation in Arlington and beyond. We aim to create opportunities for parishioners to listen and share, and better understand racism and inequity.
We will incorporate a new dialogue series from The Episcopal Church exploring race and faith, “Sacred Ground” into our Adult Forum series, and have activities for children and youth, as well as book discussions about our country’s racist history and its lasting effects on life today, and how we might heal relationships.
Ways to Get Involved with MORE
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In October 2019 Adult Forum, MORE representatives presented how MORE seeks to help all of us more fully live up to our baptismal covant to respect the dignity of every individual. Review the slides from the presentation for an overiew.
Arlington celebrates the centennial of the naming of Arlington County. Special events (Feb. 13th 7PM Central Library Auditorium) will highlight the contributions of African-Americans and immigrants and refugees.
Challenging Racism: Learning How now offers workshops for interfaith groups. Through stories, activities and conversations, participants learn to work effectively in cross-cultural situations. Learn about upcoming workshops.
A Guide to the African American Heritage in Arlington County, VA, is a 68-page PDF that documents important facts, history and local context.
In this video, recorded in 2017, Bishop Michael Curry talks about “when the stain of bigotry has once again covered our land…we must now remember new martyrs of the way of love.” Watch Where Do We Go From Here?
Scene on Radio is a podcast that tells stories exploring human experience and American society. Scene on Radio comes from the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University..
MORE Additional Resources
- White Folks Facing Race Blog by Arlingtonian Emily Vincent
- Arlington Opportunity Gaps Today
- 26th/Old Dominion History Memo
- Episcopalians and Race: Civil War to Civil Rights, by Gardiner Shattuck, especially Chapters 7-8
- America’s Original Sin: Racism, White Privilege, and the Bridge to a New America, by Jim Wallis, especially chapters 5 and 6
- “Letter from a Birmingham Jail” by The Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.
- “The black-white wealth gap is unchanged after half a century” The Economist (print edition, Apr 6th 2019)
MORE is St. Mary’s initiative, blessed by the vestry, and informed by the Virginia Diocese and national Episcopal Church.
In relationship with one another and our neighbors, we will work together to find meaningful, informed and active ways to seek racial reconciliation and “strive for justice and peace among all people and respect the dignity of every human being” (Baptismal Covenant in The Book of Common Prayer, p. 305).
Our individual experiences and background shape our personal starting place when thinking about race. We will share some first-person narratives on the topic of race future issues of the Messenger newsletter. Considering many perspectives and remaining grounded in our common faith we seek to grow into more loving men and women.
MORE Ministry Team: Jenny Hoil & David Smith (co-chairs) Dennis Carter-Chand, Rebecca Carter-Chand, Susan Cunningham, Paul Douthit, Marjorie Green, Gordon Mantler, Stacey Tevlin, David Palmer (vestry liaison), Fr. Chris and Fr. Andrew (clergy).