The Episcopal Diocese of Connecticut

Parish Resources for 2/10/19

The Annual Convention in 2018 approved a resolution setting aside the second Sunday in February (in 2019 this is Feb. 10) "as a Day of Racial Healing, Justice, and Reconciliation, during which parishes are asked to begin a conversation about the sin of racism in our lives and in the world by hosting a forum on racial healing, justice, and reconciliation, utilizing video and discussion questions from the Joint Session on Racial Reconciliation from the 2018 General Convention of The Episcopal Church."

Info below sent via email on 1/18/19, click here to read.

A Recommended Session Plan: “Begin a Conversation” for February 10
(A 45-minute adult forum or Sunday morning education presentation)
 
Supplies:
  • copies of documents downloaded from the internet listed below
  • computer with LCD projector, screen, and internet connection (test your connection in advance)
Advance preparation: test your internet and connections; queue the video
Directions: (adapt to fit your context and audience as appropriate)
1.     Open with an opening prayer (See the suggested liturgical resources here). (3 minutes)
2.     Read the ECCT Resolution creating the Season of Racial Justice, Healing, and Reconciliation and/or the January 3, 2019 Letter from the Bishops. (5 minutes)
3.     Present the TEConversation with Dr. Catherine Meeks (10 minutes). Dr. Meeks is the Founding Executive Director of the Absalom Jones Episcopal Center for Racial Healing in Atlanta, Georgia and author of Living into God's Dream: Dismantling Racism in America. This is a recording of her presentation to the Joint Session of the House of Bishops and House of Deputies that occurred on at the 2018 General Convention in Austin, Texas.
4.     Following the video, use the TEConversation Discussion Guide to facilitate small group (4-6 people per group) discussion. (25+ minutes) Here are the questions (adapted):
  • Question 1 (in pairs): What word, image, or theme stands out for you from the talks and offerings you just heard? What is Jesus saying and calling you to do or to be, with regard to racial reconciliation, healing, and justice?
  • Question 2 (in small groups): Given what you just shared in pairs about what Jesus is calling you toward personally, how might our churches and institutions respond to this call collectively?
  • Question 3 (whole group): Given what your small group said about how we could respond to God’s call as churches and institutions, what would help you or your church to take the next steps around racial reconciliation, healing, and justice? What do you need? What do you want to share or create?
5.     End with prayer and a promise of more opportunities to come. (2 minutes)
     
Liturgical Resources

The Racial Healing, Justice, and Reconciliation Ministry Network liturgy group has developed a variety of suggested options (collects, hymns, Prayers of the People, Confession, litanies, and a Eucharistic Prayer for use on the Second Sunday in February 2019, The Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany. Download a pdf [link here] or Word [link here] document for use in your worship bulletins and planning.

Suggested bulletin text 

Suggested bulletin and/or newsletter text for promoting the Day of Racial Healing, Justice, and Reconciliation, recommended by ECCT's Racial Healing, Justice, and Reconciliation Ministry Network:

Anti-Racism Forum
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 10
Last year, the Annual Convention of the Episcopal Church in Connecticut approved a resolution setting aside the second Sunday in February (Feb. 10 this year) as a Day of Racial Healing, Justice, and Reconciliation, "during which parishes are asked to begin a conversation about the sin of racism in our lives and in the world by hosting a forum on racial healing, justice, and reconciliation." In response to the resolution, we’ll watch a brief video of Dr. Catherine Meeks, the Founding Executive Director of the Absalom Jones Episcopal Center for Racial Healing in Atlanta, Georgia and author of Living into God's Dream: Dismantling Racism in America. This is a recording of her presentation to the Joint Session of the House of Bishops and House of Deputies that occurred on at the 2018 General Convention in Austin, Texas. This will be followed a discussion of the same questions last year’s Convention deputies used to reflect on what Jesus is calling us toward personally, and how our churches and institutions might respond to this call collectively.