Posted: Updated Nov 16, 2020
Race @ Grace
Over the last few years, conversations about race have occurred in various forms at Grace and Holy Trinity Church. You can learn more by reading this document, Conversations about Race at Grace and Holy Trinity Church and hear reflections from participants in the first Sacred Ground group. Watch the video below.
If you are interested in joining the discussion, we will meet by Zoom this fall and winter. If you would like to learn more about the program, check out the overview of Sacred Ground, A Film-Based Dialogue Series on Race & Faith. Contact Mother Kim Reinholz who will be facilitating the conversation if you would like to join the Sacred Ground circle.
As Christians we endeavor with God’s help to strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being this means as a predominantly white congregation we are wrestling with systemic racism and how it shows up in our lives. If you are looking for resources to help you on your spiritual journey you can listen, read, and watch, on your own, with your family or other members of your community. These resources are recommended by members of GHTC. The recommendation is made by the individual and is not a statement from the church. If you would like to add your recommendation to the reading, listening or watch list please send the recommendation, medium and how folks can access it to Mother Kim.
Recommended by The Rev. Kimberly Reinholz
LISTEN: Presiding Bishop Michael Curry interviewed by Brene Brown on her Podcast Unlocking Us
This podcast is like going to church and having a private coffee hour with Bishop Curry afterwards. He shares his personal experience, theology and pastoral care around the pandemics of COVID-19 and 1619. Listening to this was a thin place for me and balm for my soul.
READ: Roots Deeper than Whiteness
This is an important look at how our identity as white is complex and how the depth of our experience can greatly impact how we relate to people of color.
READ: Native: Identity, Belonging, and Rediscovering God by Kaitlin B Curtice
This book delves into the intersection of Christianity and the Native Heritage of the author. I found this book as a resource as I prepare for the Thanksgiving Holiday, during Native Heritage Month, and wrestle with the myths that I have come to believe about native peoples. It is a beautiful journey of faith, culture and history. I commend it to your reading.
READ: My Grandmother’s Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies by Resmaa Menakem, MSW, LICSW.
This book delves into the trauma which is held in the bodies of White, Black and Police bodies. It is a deep dive and very challenging. I do not recommend this book as a first book to read on the subject of race and trauma, but I highly recommend it if you are wanting to dive into the trauma of your own experiences after you have done some ground work of understanding your identity. It was very helpful for me to read as I considered the lives of my ancestors, and the lives of my children and what I hope I will hand off to them.
LISTEN: Austin Channing Brown on Brene’ Brown’s Podcast
Like Bishop Curry’s conversation with Brene’ Brown, this conversation delves into the relationship between the Church, Faith and Anti-racism work.
WATCH: Backs Against the Wall: The Howard Thurman Story
If you know nothing of the theologian, poet and advocate this is a great introduction to one of the greatest minds of the civil rights movement. PBS does a wonderful job of depicting this giant among men.
Recommended by The Rev. Bill Queen
READ: Me and White Supremacy, written by Leyla F Saad
Recommended by Amber Weaver, Kitchen Coordinator from Red Door Ministry
WATCH: Birth of a Nation (2016) Directed by Nate Parker, streaming on Netflix, Kanopy and The Film Detective
This film shows a more realistic view of what we (black people) went through with the abuse, torture, etc. especially right here in Virginia. “Roots” sugar coats it, I definitely don’t recommend it.
Recommended by Nancy Trego
READ: White Fragility, written by Robin DiAngelo, PhD
It was a tough book to read, and I was glad to have friends along on the journey. I found myself arguing with the author regularly, but her overall argument has stayed with me for more than a year and helps broaden my perspective.
READ: Waking Up White, written by Debby Irving
It covers similar ground, but it’s easier to read. It is one of the two books recommended in the curriculum of the Episcopal Church’s Sacred Ground discussion series.
READ: Jesus and the Disinherited, written by Howard Thurman
This book is also recommended as part of the Sacred Ground curriculum. It’s a powerful analysis of Jesus in the context of the most contemporary issues of race and class. Published in 1949 by this distinguished Black theologian, this book made me realize how much had been left out of my education.