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Racial Justice & Reconciliation

Taking time to listen and then respond

At Epiphany we are constantly asking: What is God doing in the world? Clarity comes from gathering, from time to time, to consider what is going on in our world, and what God might be doing to inspire us to be God’s active agents in care or change or reconciliation. Sometimes these are single conversations. Other times a small group or several small groups will convene. Sometimes we invite in outside subject experts to help us more thoroughly engage the topic at hand. These are all ways in which we seek to hear God’s call upon this community and to respond accordingly.

Now begins the Great Time-In. The pandemic put us in a “time out,” and called us to consider some of the significant sins of inequality that exist within our country. Everyone was forced to slow down, and maybe look up, to see the world as it is. This is the world you and I have been set in; it was not by accident that God formed your soul to be in here right now. Make no mistake about it, you were made for the Great Time-In. You were created to be part of the generation of people who said: “we see, and we will put our shoulders to the wheel of justice, to ensure that the field of freedom and equality has workers in this city and nation, for all people, and for God’s glory.” To step more deeply into this ongoing conversation, click here.

Racial Justice & Reconciliation Library

Epiphany’s Racial Justice & Reconciliation Library Collection contains over 135 titles and is growing. It is located in the Fireside Room in the Parish Hall and is available to parishioners and the community. While the Fireside Room is closed during the pandemic, books can be obtained by emailing the collection’s curator, Sherilyn Peterson, at speterson@perkinscoie.com. She will check out the book to you, deliver it, and pick it up when done.

We have very recent books as well as classics. Some of our newer titles include Caste/The Origins of Our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson; How to be an Anti-Racist and Stamped from the Beginning by Ibram X. Kendi; White Fragility by Frances Kendall; These Truths by Jill Lepore, and An American Marriage by Tayari Jones.

Here are the links to the catalog: this link is alphabetical by author. This link is organized by subject. The subject categories are: (1) Black Voices and Spirituality; (2) History; (3) Justice; (4) Latinx; (5) Native American; (6) Novels, (7) Memoirs and Biographies; and (8) Privilege and Anti-Racism. As new donations are received, they will be catalogued and these links updated.

We also welcome book donations. If you’d like to donate a specific book please email Sherilyn at at speterson@perkinscoie.com. If you’d like to donate a book but are not sure which one, please email Sherilyn for ideas–there are many we don’t have but would like to have. Thank you all who have donated so far!

Sacred Ground

A film-based Small Group dialogue series on Race and Faith

This is a 10-part series, built around a powerful online curriculum of documentary films and readings that focus on Indigenous, Black, Latino, and Asian/Pacific American histories as they intersect with European American histories. The series is part of Becoming a Beloved Community, developed by the Episcopal Church. This course is open to anyone who wants to explore the layers that have contributed to the challenges and divides of the present day. There are readings and video documentaries to watch between each session. It is designed for people who want to participate in the entire series. Over 100 people have participated already, and we are forming new groups. At present nearly 100 people are participating in groups of 7 to 10 people. Given the demand, more groups are forming. To find out more and to join a group, please contact Laura Sargent at lsargent@epiphanyseattle.org.