Posted: Updated Oct 14, 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.
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.