Many people are asking, What Can We Do? How Can I Help? Where Do I Start?
RACIAL JUSTICE FORUM
Please join Deacon Ari Wolfe for a 3-week Racial Justice Forum
Utilizing educator Dr. Eddie Moore, Jr.'s 21-Day Racial Equity Habit Building Challenge
Participants commit to doing one thing each day (read, watch, listen, discuss, etc.) to "further (their) understanding of power, privilege, supremacy, oppression, and equity." The course work and amount of time spent is individually chosen and self-paced - links to a wide variety of resources will be provided, as well as a daily tracking tool. We will meet together weekly and use a contemplative Celtic Christian lens as a framework, to discuss what we have learned, areas of discomfort or growth, insights or thoughts from the previous week's practice and how we can respond as people of faith. We encourage those who participated in 2020 to join us once again, and re-commit to a deeper antiracism understanding and practice.
This 21-Day Racial Justice Forum will be held on 4 consecutive Mondays during Lent at 12:00pm to 1:00pm PST via Zoom, beginning February 22nd ending on March 15th.
This forum is free and open to all, but registration is required for entrance.
This course is foundational and a prerequisite for our deeper dive racial justice programming.
Please come join us!
Sacred Ground Dialogue Circle
In our continuing efforts to become antiracist, Saint Columba's will be hosting a Sacred Ground dialogue circle. As described on the Episcopal Church's website, Sacred Ground is a film- and readings- based dialogue series on race, grounded in faith. Small groups are invited to walk through chapters of America's history of race and racism, while weaving in threads of family story, economic class, and political and regional identity. The 10-part series is built around a powerful online curriculum of documentary films and readings.
The curriculum resources include documentary films, articles, video clips, and book excerpts, which participants will be responsible for reading and viewing prior to each meeting. The group will meet for 12 sessions over 23 weeks beginning April 14th, with one held every 2nd & 4th Wednesday from 2:30-4:00pm PST.
In her message about the program, The Rev. Canon Stephanie Spellers says, “More than a teaching tool, Sacred Ground aims to call us from our small worlds and small screens and into intentional, sustained circles in which we can pray, watch, share our own stories, reflect, wonder, reckon, heal, and commit to action. Think of it as a pilgrimage in place”.
The course is free and open to all. The 21-Day Forum or similar antiracism work is a prerequisite to this deeper dive.
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This initiative is being led by Deacon Ari Wolfe.
The Reverend Ari Wolfe, MTS The Reverend Ari Wolfe (she/her) is a deacon in the Episcopal Church, currently serving at St. Columba’s Church & Retreat House in Inverness, California. With an eclectic spiritual background, she holds a Master's degree in Theological Studies from the Church Divinity School of the Pacific, with a focus in the area of Queer Theology and how congregations can better extend welcome and support to people who are LGBTQ-identified. Deacon Ari was ordained in November, 2019 at Grace Cathedral in San Francisco and currently serves on the Board of Trustees for the School for Deacons. She has three adult children and lives in El Cerrito with her husband and 3 cats. A life-long social activist, she is excited to bring conversations of racial justice and a curriculum for anti-racism to the community. For more information, please visit www.deaconsjourney.com.