Race and Reconciliation at Grace Memorial Episcopal Church
The Rev. Ernestein Flemister preached on Sunday January 8,2023 at Grace Memorial, as we celebrated the Baptism of our Lord. She referred to our baptismal vows in the Book of Common Prayer (BCP) and especially the last 2 questions on page 305 in the BCP. “Will you seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving your neighbor as yourself?” “Will you strive for justice and peace among all people and respect the dignity of every human being?” She made the point that our response is “I will, with God’s help.” She also made the point that we do this work as a community, with God’s help. We must be open and honest and see the world through the eyes of Christ. We are God’s hands and feet and voice in the world. She advised us that this is hard, challenging work that we need to do together, as a community, over time. It was a wonderful sermon and I encourage everyone to watch it online.
As we begin this new year, there are many opportunities for us to grow and learn more about race and reconciliation. We are developing a Race and Reconciliation Team, collecting books on dismantling racism and social justice and will be advising on opportunities to take Sacred Ground. Let us keep this conversation going. Let us each find ways to live out our baptismal vows and strive for justice and peace and respect the dignity of every human being.
Additional links for learning:
The Absalom Jones Episcopal Center for Racial Healing: https://www.centerforracialhealing.org/
Sacred Ground (A film-based Dialogue Series of Race & Faith) https://www.episcopalchurch.org/sacred-ground/
Blessings, Rev. Dr. Elizabeth Klein