Welcome to the Racial Equality and Justice Ministry!
Our group seeks to respond as a faith community to racial injustice in our American culture. Both resident and student parishioners have asked “What can I do?” or “How can I help?” This group is exploring ways to help through the use of self-awareness and educational resources, discussion, and action. We hope that you might find personal value with involvement and that our collective efforts offer healing and change for those experiencing racial injustice in their lives.
This St. Tom’s ministry is being led by parishioners Zelda Flye & Lou Kendall.
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“Understanding Racial Inequality in America,” was presented by former St. Tom’s parishioner Marc Scarcelli, associate professor of political science at California Polytechnic University, Pomona at the St. Tom’s Racial Equality & Justice group meeting on December 15, 2020. His presentation provides a high-level recount of the events in United States history that have led to racial inequality and injustice in our country.
- Prayer for World Peace
Great God, who has told us
“Vengeance is mine,”
save us from ourselves,
save us from the vengeance in our hearts
and the acid in our souls.
Save us from our desire to hurt as we have been hurt,
to punish as we have been punished,
to terrorize as we have been terrorized.
Give us the strength it takes
to listen rather than to judge,
to trust rather than to fear,
to try again and again
to make peace even when peace eludes us.
We ask, O God, for the grace
to be our best selves.
We ask for the vision
to be builders of the human community
rather than its destroyers.
We ask for humility as a people
to understand the fears and hopes of other people.
We ask for the love it takes
to bequeath to the children of the world to come
more than the failures of our own making.
We ask for the heart it takes
to care for all the people
of Afghanistan and Iraq, of Palestine and Israel
as well as for ourselves.
Give us the depth of soul, O God,
to constrain our might,
to resist the temptations of power,
to refuse to attack the attackable,
that vengeance begets violence,
and to bring peace—not war—wherever we go.
For you, O God, have been merciful to us.
For you, O God, have been patient with us.
For you, O God, have been gracious to us.
And so may we be merciful
with these others whom you also love.
This we ask through Jesus,
the one without vengeance in his heart.
This we ask forever and ever. Amen.
— Joan Chittister
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