Racial Justice

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    • Please join us as we kick of small groups next month! We will come together for a four week series from IPJC on the USCCB Pastoral Letter "Open Wide Your Hearts - the enduring call to love". We will gather together Wednesdays in September. 

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  • 5 Lessons from the Pastoral Letter on Racism

  • WHAT IS RACISM?

    Racism is "a prejudice, discrimination, or antagonism directed against someone of a different race based on the belief that one's own race is superior." (from the Oxford Languages)

    FROM THE USCCB 

    ...Some among us may want to believe that our country has moved beyond the reality of racism that has so profoundly stained its past, or that racism does not involve us. Almost every day, news headlines demonstrate that our country’s “original sin” of racism continues to impact the lives of many Americans, many of them Catholic—particularly those who belong to the African American, Hispanic/Latino, or Native American communities. There are signs that racism’s legacies remain prevalent in many systemic inequalities that have deep impact on people of color. The bishops write, “Racism can only end if we contend with the policies and institutional barriers that perpetuate and preserve the inequality—economic and social—that we still see all around us.” (from "Open Wide Our Hearts Bulletin Insert")

    NEXT STEPS

    1) We encourage all members of our Christ Our Hope community to spend time watching this video from Fr. James Martin SJ and reflect on how conversations around racial justice and white privilege may be uncomfortable, but our faith calls us to have them. Racism and indifference are sins. Let us have the Holy Spirit move us to act when we hear the words “I can’t breathe”.

    2) We have linked to many Catholic and ecumenical resources online in the sidebar on this page. All are welcome to read and share! 

     
  • Prayer for Dismantling Racism 

    From the Sisters of Providence

    Dear God, in our efforts to dismantle racism, we understand that we struggle not merely against flesh and blood but against powers and principalities – those institutions and systems that keep racism alive by perpetuating the lie that some members of the family are inferior and others superior.

    Create in us a new mind and heart that will enable us to see brothers and sisters in the faces of those divided by racial categories.

    Give us the grace and strength to rid ourselves of racial stereotypes that oppress some of us while providing entitlements to others.

    Help us to create a Church and nation that embraces the hopes and fears of oppressed People of Color where we live, as well as those around the world.

    Heal your family God, and make us one with you, in union with our brother Jesus, and empowered by your Holy Spirit.
    Amen.