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Let's Talk CRT:
Christian Race Theory 

By Stephanie Spellers

CRT is nothing new. I distinctly recall reading legal theorist Derrick Bell in the early 1990s. He flicked on the light for a generation of college students first learning about critical race theory, an umbrella that covers the study of structural racism and the intricate ways that white supremacy is baked into the very fabric of American life. 

Conservatives cried foul, but their fearful, quasi-patriotic, racism-laden arguments were easy to dismiss. I couldn’t imagine they’d come back. But they’ve returned with a vengeance, just in time to derail a historic racial reckoning that was shaking the foundations of American life. Now the anti-critical race theory forces are sweeping not only classrooms and school boards but also legislatures and courts. One might say the empire is striking back. 

And yet … if you listen closely, you may discover the “CRT” so many critics decry doesn’t sound that scary or problematic. If anything, I’ve found it sounds like what I understand about following Jesus. All of which makes me wonder if perhaps CRT isn’t critical race theory but actually Christian race theory.

Upcoming Webinars: 
Inventory of Racial Justice and Truth-Telling Ministries  

Starting Wednesday, November 17 at 3-4:30 pm Eastern, a series of three webinars will introduce the church's 2021 Inventory of Racial Justice and Truth-Telling Ministries. Thanks to contributions from more than 70 dioceses and 140 congregations and organizations, the Inventory details diocesan and area ministries of racial justice, reconciliation and healing, with an emphasis on truth-telling about our churches and race.  Webinars will also feature leaders involved in racial truth-telling, reckoning with history, faithfully approaching reparations, and healing the wounds of racism. 


Overview of the Inventory of Racial Justice & Truth-Telling Ministries 
Wednesday, November 17, 3 - 4:30 pm Eastern 

Registration: https://forms.gle/fw5V9hzvG5cJmJpd6 

The next two sessions - focused on Truth-telling Ministries - will be held Tuesday, December 14 at 3-4:30 pm, and Wednesday, January 12 at 3-4:30 pm. Read on for registration and details.
 

Modern Slavery: An Urgent Crisis 

Rushad Thomas presents on the chilling reality of human trafficking in the modern world, and how the Episcopal Church is combating the crisis.

Reverend Dr. Bude Van Dyke

Te-Lah-Nay: A parable that actually happened

Reverend Dr. Bude Van Dyke shares the journey of Te-Lah-Nay, and advocates for healing of trauma within Indigenous communities.
 

Gabrie’l Atchison

The Climate Crisis is Here

Gabrie’l Atchison addresses the impact systematic environmental racism has on Black, Indigenous, and People of Color communities.

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Congregations and individuals can use this 5-session curriculum to reflect on the Advent readings and our shared hope to heal the human family of God. Download and share Preparing to Become the Beloved Community and make room for the coming of Christ.

FROM THE FIELD

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.

About Becoming Beloved Community (“BBC”) Grants
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Becoming Beloved Community in the Diocese of Northern Michigan


The Becoming Beloved Community (BBC) team in Northern Michigan share projects they're developing to dismantle systemic racism.


On Sacred Ground

Facilitators Krista Bradley and Jo Ann Williams encourage people of faith who identify as People of Color to facilitate dialogue circles and build Beloved Community.

UPCOMING EVENTS

  • Thurs., November 11, 4PM Eastern - Sacred Ground hosts "Sacred Ground Facilitators' Webinar: Facilitation Skills-Building." Register here 
  • Fri., November 12 at 2PM Eastern - “COP26 Closing Event: Report Back from the Presiding Bishop’s Delegation." Register here 
  • Sat., November 13, 1PM Eastern - Sacred Ground hosts “Sacred Ground POC Facilitators Affinity Group.” Register here
  • Wed., November 17, 3-4:30PM Eastern - Overview of the Racial Justice Ministries InventoryRegister here
  • Fri. and Sat., November 19-20, 6PM Eastern - Absalom Jones Episcopal Center for Racial Healing hosts “International Women of Color Wellness and Empowerment Conference.
    Register here
  • Tues. December 14, 3-4:30PM Eastern - Truth-telling Ministries: Highlighted Examples and Lessons Learned. Register here 
  • Wed., January 12, 3-4:30PM Eastern - Truth-telling Ministries: Taking the First Steps. Register here 
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