Will you seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving your neighbor as yourself? Will you strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being?”
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”
Martin Luther King, Jr., 1963
We are organizing a reading group at Saint Thomas Church to read together Ibram X. Kendi’s best-selling book How to Be an Antiracist. This is a response to an invitation from Bishop Dietsche that we Episcopalians in New York read this book together.
Well before the events that occurred earlier this year roiled this country and the world, our bishop diocesan Andrew Dietsche declared 2018 the “Year of Lamentation,” and at Convention 2019, he declared it the “Year of Repentance and Apology.” These are the first two of a three-year journey to which the Church has committed herself to confront the reality of slavery and racism in America and, sadly, the Church’s role in them.
The seeming back-to-back deaths of African American men and women at the hands of police have elicited shock, outrage, and protest, and have impelled many to engage in intense conversations about how racism is deeply embedded in American life and its institutions, and about how to loosen its grip.
If you would like more information about this opportunity or to register to participate in the Saint Thomas Church reading group, please email Father Spencer.