We encourage you to honor the legacy of John Lewis by participating in one or more of these forums.
Delaware Attorney General discusses reducing racial disparities in the state’s criminal justice system on Tuesday evening, August 4 at 6:00 p.m.
YWCA Delaware joins our church, the Delaware Racial Justice Collaborative, and many others in presenting “Journey to Justice: A Path Forward” with Delaware Attorney General Kathleen Jennings. Join us as we embark on an insightful conversation. Our panelists are LaKresha Moultrie, Melissa Pennachi, and Haneef Salaam. The event will be moderated by Emilie Ninan Esq., Partner, Ballard Spahr LLP.
Additional community partners include the Primo Fund for Racial Justice, United Way of Delaware, The Coalition to Dismantle the New Jim Crow, ACLU of Delaware, Network DE, Metropolitan Wilmington Urban League, Smart Justice Coalition, Movement for a Culture of Peace, The South Asian Bar Association of Delaware, National Coalition of 100 Black Women Delaware, Delaware United, Westminster Presbyterian Church, Delaware Center for Justice, Delaware Hispanic Bar Association, Safe Communities Coalition, Delaware Barristers, Delaware HOPE Commission, Campaign to End Debtors Prison, State Human Relations Commission, Human Rights Task Force of First Unitarian, and Not Just a Protest.
Speaking of Freedom in Delaware online open forum on Thursday evening, August 6 at 6:30 p.m.
The forum will discuss Speaking of Freedom, a stirring open letter to our church from three Episcopal priests. Co-authored this past July 4, 2020, the letter calls Episcopalians not to assume the issues and structures of injustice are all “out there” somewhere else or that issues of our past do not matter.
SsAM Conversation about Racism, Sunday morning, August 9 at 11:00 a.m.
Let us act and not remain silent in the midst of what is happening in our country today! Canon Casson, Rabbi Krantz and Fr. David will host an on-line video conference for SsAM members and friends. The three plan to share a video, break into small groups for twenty minutes, and then come back as a large group to share insights. Please invite friends to join this video conference. Phone calls work, too! If you are a member of SsAM, the Zoom login info will be emailed to you. Otherwise, contact us.
The video? In early July, three Episcopal women clergy of color — the Reverends Winnie Varghese, Stephanie Spellers and Kelly Douglas — wrote a letter to the church entitled “Speaking of Freedom: a letter to the Episcopal Church.” Click here if you want to read this “Speaking of Freedom” letter or watch the video ahead of time.
This will be our second conversation. Our first, on June 28, was a powerful example of how we as a community can engage in a difficult conversation while at the same time creating space for folks to listen and share what is on their hearts. The late Henri Nouwen said the following about creating a safe space for difficult conversations to happen:
“…is the movement by which our hostilities can be converted into hospitality. It is there that our changing relationship to ourself can be brought to fruition in an ever-changing relationship to our fellow human beings. It is there that our reaching out to our innermost being can lead to reaching out to the many strangers whom we meet on our way through life.”
—Reaching Out: The Three Movements of the Spiritual Life
21-Day Racial Equity Challenge, August 17 to September 6
Bishop Brown calls us all to take part in a 21-Day Racial Equity Challenge from August 17 to September 6, 2020. Led by the United Way of Delaware and YWCA Delaware, the challenge is a state-wide journey (never leaving our homes) into the history of racism here at home in Delaware. The Episcopal Church in Delaware is a partner (a “challenge champion”) in this effort. A personal commitment of time (5-30 minutes a day for three weeks), an internet connection, and openness to learning are all that are required.