Wolakota: Being in Right Relationship

Hau Mitakuyepi (hello, my relatives),

Welcome to this first, of what we hope will be many, Reconciliation, Justice, and Building Beloved Community newsletters. In my Lakota culture we have a word, “wolakota,” that refers to the state when all things are in right-relationship: when we are in right-relationship with ourselves, with each other, with the Creator, and with creation. It is through this cultural lens that I view our work toward becoming beloved community, our work toward justice, and our work toward reconciliation. I hope to learn and hear how others view this important work we are undertaking.

Our team is very excited to be able to bring this to you. Being rooted in community, we believe this newsletter is more yours than ours. These first few issues will be put together with our ideas of what a newsletter such as this might contain and look like. However, we’d like to hear your ideas for content and frequency; and we’d like you to help us come up with a name for this resource. Please let us know your thoughts by completing this survey; it will help this newsletter better reflect the communities it is designed for.

As we embark on this journey together, I look forward to seeing Jesus reflected in the work we hear about and the ideas we share. I see Jesus in this work. I see transformation in this work. I see resurrection in this work. Let us journey together toward this Jesus who lives, this Jesus who liberates, and, of course, this Jesus who loves.


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The Reverend Shaneequa Brokenleg is Staff Officer for Racial Justice and Reconciliation at the Episcopal Church

The Cultural Conundrum of the Indigenous Christian

The Rev. Rachel Taber Hamilton shares an intimate story about becoming Christian in a community harmed by Christianity.

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To Dos & To Don’ts: (Re)Centering Relationship in Antiracism Work

The Co-Conveners of the Diocese of Oregon Racial Justice Working Group offer a very important lesson-learned in their first year of antiracism work.

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Meet and get inspired by some of the Becoming Beloved Community Grant recipients. Also, learn how your group can apply for a “BBC” Grant and help to dismantle racism in yourself, in your church, and in the world.

Stepping Stones Ministry

The Rev. Peggy Bryan gives an update about Stepping Stones, a ministry to those incarcerated, in reentry, and recovery, and how their efforts have adapted during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read on…

Diocese of the Central Gulf Coast

Gary Moore and Joe McDaniel, Jr. share about the Commission on Racial Justice and Reconciliation of the Diocese of the Central Gulf Coast and their upcoming plans. Read on…

About Becoming Beloved Community (“BBC”) Grants

On Sacred Ground

This monthly column explores the work of Sacred Ground Circles throughout the Episcopal Church and beyond. In this month’s column, Sacred Ground Coordinator Katrina Browne offers her thoughts about what the program is, has been, and is becoming.

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  • October 3rd, 4 PM Eastern: Episcopal Peace Fellowship hosts Sacred Ground Curriculum developer Katrina Browne for “An Honest Look at the History of Race Leading to Honest Engagement with Each Other.” - Register here.

  • October 6th - 9th: The Episcopal Urban Caucus hosts their annual assembly in Washington D.C. Around the theme “Meeting the Challenges of an Equitable and Just Society.” - Register here.

  • October 11th, 5 PM Eastern: The Episcopal Church Office of Indigenous Ministries hosts “Native Voices: A Response to The Episcopal Church’s History with Indian Boarding Schools.” - Register here.

  • October 19th, 6 PM Eastern: The Absalom Jones Episcopal Center for Racial Healing hosts Dr. Rose Brooks, author of Tangled Up In Blue for “Can Policing Be Fixed?” - Register here.

  • October 27th, 7 PM Eastern: The Absalom Jones Episcopal Center for Racial Healing hosts “An Online Conversation with the First Five Black Women Diocesan Bishops.” - Register here.

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