This drawing is by Jan’s family friend, a young adult.
Cathie Haynor wrote on Instagram: “I’m so sorry it took your widely publicized murder for me to wake up to the dark reality faced by black Americans every day in the form of systemic racism and persecution.”
One of the blessings in my life is that my 24-year-old daughter is my teacher. She is teaching me about anti-racism. She introduced me to the Christian group, The Brilliance, and their songs are giving me inspiration during this time. Here is one, entitled “Will We Ever Rise?”
I am doing my own soul searching. I’m being asked to lead efforts to educate people in Marin County and in this church. But how can I lead if I don’t know what I myself have to learn? This is always the question for pastors, but right now I must really practice humility because I am out of my element for sure.
This is what I’m trying to do: stay open, listen a lot, and take a stand where I feel God is asking me to stand up. I’m reading more to understand about systemic racism and how I can become an ally in anti-racism. The stakes are high, the opportunities seem much bigger. I recognize I have a lot to learn.
Last week at St. Andrew’s coffee hour, we talked about how this was affecting us. We were careful with our words because we may have been outside our comfort zone. But God does work through us. We can learn from one another and those affected by racial injustice.
There are many lists of good resources circulating now. With curiosity, you’ll find unlimited resources to draw on.
Here is a video from the United Methodist Church. Dr. Robin DiAngelo is the author of What Does it Mean to Be White? Developing White Racial Literacy and is an anti-racist educator. If you would like to discuss this with me and others, please email the church office at [email protected] and we will set up a time for a group Zoom meeting.
Here are some first suggestions from the literature on “what we can do as white people.”
Learn. Educate yourself by reading books and listening to podcasts with an open mind. Discuss these issues with friends, family, and colleagues, listening and sharing what you’ve learned.
Engage in honest self-reflection. Tap into your own discomfort which can lead to transformation.
Speak up among other white people if you hear a racist comment, see discrimination or injustice in our institutions.
Fund organizations or get involved in those working for anti-racism.
Here is a blessing from the Franciscans. And below that, I’ve included some resources for you.
May God bless you with a restless discomfort
about easy answers, half-truths, and superficial relationships,
so that you may seek truth boldly and love deep within your heart.
May God bless you with holy anger
at injustice, oppression, racism, and exploitation of people,
so that you may tirelessly work for racial justice, freedom,
and peace among all people.
May God bless you with the gift of tears
to shed for those who suffer from pain, rejection, starvation,
or the loss of all that they cherish,
so that you may reach out your hand to comfort them
and help turn their pain into hope.
May God bless you with enough foolishness
to believe that you really can make a difference in this world,
so that you are able, with God’s grace,
to do what others claim cannot be done.
– A Franciscan Blessing (adapted)
May the Holy Spirit abide with you, move you, and give you peace.
Rev. Jan Reynolds
Resources for Learning
1.The video mentioned above. Let Jan know if you want to be in a conversation group.
2.These best-selling books are being read throughout our nation by church book groups:
Waking Up White: And Finding Myself in the Story of Race by Debby Irving. Pastor Rich recommended this book and many of you read it and discussed it.
Waking Up White is the book Irving wishes someone had handed her decades ago. By sharing her sometimes cringe-worthy struggle to understand racism and racial tensions, she offers a fresh perspective on bias, stereotypes, manners, and tolerance.
White Fragility – by Dr. Robin DiAngelo. Dr. Robin DiAngelo is the author of What Does it Mean to Be White? Developing White Racial Literacy and has been an anti-racist educator and has heard justifications of racism by white men and women in her workshops for over two decades. This justification, which she calls “white fragility,” is a state in which even a minimum amount of racial stress becomes intolerable, triggering a range of defensive moves. These moves include outward display of emotions such as anger, fear, and guilt, and behaviors such as argumentation, silence, and leaving the stress-inducing situation.
Tell Me Who You Are – by Winona Guo and Priya Vulchi. Winona Guo and Priya Vulchi recount their experiences talking to people from all walks of life about race and identity on a cross-country tour of America. Spurred by the realization that they had nearly completed high school without hearing any substantive discussion about racism in school, the two young women deferred college admission for a year to collect first-person accounts of how racism plays out in this country every day—and often in unexpected ways. Featuring interviews with over 150 Americans accompanied by their photographs, this intimate toolkit also offers a deep examination of the seeds of racism and strategies for effecting change.
Between the World and Me – by Ta-Nehisi Coates – This book is written as a letter to the author’s teenage son about the feelings, symbolism, and realities associated with being Black in the United States. In a profound work that pivots from the biggest questions about American history and ideals to the most intimate concerns of a father for his son, Ta-Nehisi Coates offers a powerful new framework for understanding our nation’s history and current crisis. Ta-Nehisi Paul Coates is an American author and journalist. Coates gained a wide readership during his time as national correspondent at The Atlantic, where he wrote about cultural, social, and political issues, particularly regarding African Americans and white supremacy.
3.“What can I do?” Here is just one list of additional common suggestions, but go online and search for more… https://www.buzzfeed.com/ramosaline/fight-racism
Events Happening This Weekend:
This Friday, June 12th – 6:00pm – Join us for Virtual BINGO!
We promise a fun night of Fellowship and Friendly Competition for
all ages! This week’s prizes will include choices from the following:
- Outdoor Fun Time- assorted items for outdoor fun for families.
- Breakfast- pancake mix, syrup, fruit, choc chips, whipped cream and OJ
- $ 25 Amazon gift card
- 1 lb See’s Candy gift card
- Gift card donated by Sonoma Springs Brewery
- Wine donated by Rhoda Peterson from Highway 12 Winery
- Gift card donated by Girl and the Fig’s “Fig Rig”
- Chardonnay donated by Three Fat Guys Winery
Follow these easy steps to play: First, follow this link to get your individual Bingo card – one card is needed per person for the entire evening:
After following the link, you’ll be asked for your email address. You will then receive the link to your individual bingo card by email. You can either print your card or play it online through a separate browser window or on your phone. If you need additional bingo cards for family members without an email address, please email Scott Walthard at The Church Office and let him know how many additional cards are needed. Each card will have its own unique link.
Then, log in to Zoom at 6:00 pm this Friday evening for five fun games of BINGO!
Use the Zoom link in our Wednesday e-News or Friday Bingo! email. Email the church office if you need the Bingo! Zoom link: Link Request
Women’s Space – Saturday, June 13, 10:00-11:30 am
This month’s Theme: “Recreation” – for our Spirits, Minds, Bodies and Relationships
There are many ways to define “recreation” beyond “curing boredom.” Setting time aside to “re-create” will freshen up our points of view, expand our fun, release stress and renew our souls and relationships. Let’s find ways to recreate beyond TV and Zoom!
Use the Zoom link in our Wednesday e-News email. Or, email the church office if you need the Zoom link: Link Request
Please continue your giving during this time, so that St. Andrew may continue to serve our local community and our membership. We recognize that some of you have been impacted financially by economic repercussions of the Covid 19 pandemic. For those of you who can, please continue to give on a regular basis.
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