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Epiphany 28-day "Me & White Supremacy" Challenge and Discussion group

From ECCT's Deacon Ellen Adams:

Epiphany is the season I have had a lot of aha moments in my life.  I have decided to take Layla F. Saad’s Me and White Supremacy Challenge this Epiphany and I am inviting you to take the challenge with me. This is a way we can participate in ECCT’s Season of Racial Healing, Justice and Reconciliation. 

Layla defines white supremacy as a racist ideology based on the belief that white people are superior in many ways to people of color and therefore white people should dominate other races.  Even if you believe all people are equal, the prompts will help you explore how white supremacy as a system has permeated our world view and has persisted for so many generations.

  1. Order the free online book at www.meandwhitesupremacybook.com
  2. If you want to be part of the conversation, read chapter 10. 
  3. Commit to writing answers to at least 4 prompts a week to participate.  It is a support group, not a workshop.
  4. Email me at deaconellen98@yahoo.comto register and get questions answered.
  5. Join the meeting through zoom.us, account no. 4463256121 to share what you have learned, what you are thankful for and what you regret as you answer the prompts. Sunday evenings 8 PM during Epiphany. (The first night, Epiphany, we will establish group norms and how we will proceed.)

If you are interested but the time is not convenient, please email Deacon Ellen, or call 860 910-3413. 

(Note: Deacon Ellen lives and serves in the Southeast Region and is a member of the Racial Healing, Justice, and Reconciliation Ministry Network; Faith Behind Bars and Beyond Ministry Network; and St. Francis House) 


Trinity Institute: Scene & Unseen: Facing Race Through Film, new Format in New York City Only, February 8 - 9, 2019

The Rev. Dr. Kelly Brown Douglas (dean of Episcopal Divinity School at Union Seminary), theologian and author, Dr. Greg Garrett (Baylor & Seminary of the Southwest), and Dr. Catherine Meeks (Executive Director of the Absalom Jones Center for Racial Healing) are collaborators and speakers offering an exploration of race through film during Black History Month.  

Two films will be screened:
  • This year marks the 30th anniversary of the release of the landmark film, Do the Right Thing, by Spike Lee. It continues to raise powerful questions. In a complex world it can be hard to know what the right thing is, and harder still to have the courage to do it.
  • Daveed Diggs and Rafael Casals's Blindspotting is a critically acclaimed film featuring a story about friendship and the intersection of race and class set against the backdrop of rapidly gentrifying Oakland.
For complete information about the program, see the Trinity Institute websiteTrinity will record the panel presentations and make all material available AFTER the live event. (Editor's note: Copyright laws require that churches/Regions need a license to show films, even when offered for education or formation and free to participants; companies such as CCLI offer licenses.)

Province I will offer $200 to cover the cost of registration and one night of housing to one team of two people from each diocese who will participate in the program and bring resources back to offer it to people in their home context. Please contact Julie Lytle, Exec Dir Province I , if you would like to apply for this grant.