Taking Up Our Responsibility for Racial Justice

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OPENING PLENARY: WEDNESDAY, JULY 1, 7–8:30 P.M.

SERIES: FOUR WEDNESDAYS, JULY 15 & 29, and AUGUST 12 & 26, 7 P.M

At this critical moment in our nation’s and community’s history, we are confronted again with fresh knowledge of longstanding racial injustice – in policing, the justice system, health care, housing, education, the Church, and many other sectors of our common life. Our faith community is grappling with important questions – what do I need to learn? How should I and our church respond?

We will undertake a four-week study and discussion series to confront racism—its theology, history, and presence in our lives today—and ways to move forward toward justice. The series is open to all, recognizing the responsibility for change falls on white people. A plenary session with Dean Thomason to learn more about the series was offered on July 1, 7-8:30 p.m. See video of this event below.


The in-depth series follows on four Wednesday nights (July 15 and 29, August 12 and 26) and will require advance registration and a commitment to attend all sessions and read/watch articles and videos in advance. More details to come soon, but you can get started by reading Ijeoma Oluo’s book, So You Want to Talk About Race. For questions or more information contact jkdaugherty@saintmarks.orgnross@saintmarks.org, or cchapman@saintmarks.org.

To commit to attending the full series, click here.


The syllabus for the four-session series, including required reading and viewing, may be downloaded here.

PDFs of the power point slides of the opening plenary may be downloaded here..

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  1. Curry
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    Thank you so much for doing this series. I am really looking forward to learning and understanding what I can do to help make positive change in the fight against racial injustice. Curry

  2. Pat Taylor
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    Henry Louis Gates wrote this:
    “Racism has been part of America’s cultural DNA since before the ink dried on the Constitution. Dominant in some and recessive in others it has mutated over time yet remains part of the inheritance weighing us down one generation to the next. The damage it has done is systemic and goes all the way down to the cellular level.”

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