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This Issue contains more Anti-Racism Resources and PRIDE Resources. Your contributions of resources are requested and appreciated!
MONDAY, June 15
CHAPLAINS CONNECTION CALL
9pm UTC / 5pm EDT (UTC-04)
Join Zoom Meeting https://zoom.us/j/97515395940
Meeting ID: 975 1539 5940
This session is only for our Chaplains. Seeing this event reminds us all to pray for our Chaplains who have been in the front lines with COVID-19!
TUESDAY, June 16
- 2 different times to engage.
- 2 hours of guided discussion.
- Offered by Mobilizing Love Ministries.
Tuesday, June 16th at 1pm EDT/5pm UTC
Join Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81243388084?pwd=aHhKdWtSVzQ3OVV6Rm5TbkhBSjdpdz09
Meeting ID: 812 4338 8084 Password: Justice
If a group from your church participates, you can be in a breakout group together!
5pm Pacific / 6pm Mountain / 7pm Central / 8pm Eastern
Sanctuary’s Zoom Room: www.SanctuaryOnline.live
In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, we watched George Floyd be murdered as a (now former) police officer kept his knee on Mr. Floyd’s neck for 8 minutes and 46 seconds. Since that day, people have not stopped protesting around our world.
Some of us may find ourselves wanting to be an ally but are not quite sure how, and don’t want to say or do the “wrong” thing.
Lillie Brock is a gentle, yet firm and truth-telling, inspirational voice in her community and on social media, helping people understand and begin their own journeys of deconstructing racism and white privilege in their own lives. Lillie is a great friend of Sanctuary, and will join us on Tuesday to share her thoughts and invite a gentle dialogue about questions many of us have, like, “Why is saying All Lives Matter not being supportive?” and “What is ‘White Privilege’ and how do I know if I have it?” and “What is Systemic Racism.”
Mark your calendar and join us for possibly the most important Sanctuary Online Conversation yet!
Sanctuary’s Zoom Room : www.SanctuaryOnline.live
WEDNESDAY, June 17
“Music Heals All” is a 20-minute pre-recorded “live” video from local and national artists.
This week, June 17, Chris Romeo, the artistic director of Diversity: Voices of Sarasota (USA) who is also a tenor with the St. Petersburg Opera, performs inspirational music.
VIRTUAL JUNETEENTH WORSHIP CELEBRATION
Wednesday, June 17th at 7pm
THURSDAY, June 18
Thursday, June 18th at 7:30 pm EDT (UTC-4)
Meeting ID: 873 8604 9950 Password: Justice
If a group from your church participates, you can be in a breakout group together!
Join Moderator, Rev. Elder Cecilia Eggleston for prayer every Thursday at 9pm GMT, 5pm EDT
Bring your joys, concerns, laments, and celebrations to Rev. Cecilia and one another. Meet us on Cecilia’s Facebook every Thursday at 9PM GMT (5PM EDT/ BST 10PM) @Cecilia.Eggleston.50
Thursday, Movie Night and Discussion June 18 – “13th” (2016) 6-9pm via Zoom
Offered by Pike’s Peak MCC, Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA
Register to join us online here: https://forms.gle/RNTk15aeXVNqDpCx9
In this thought-provoking documentary, scholars, activists, and politicians analyze the criminalization of African Americans and the USA prison boom.
Join Zoom Meeting here:
Meeting ID: 879 8696 4473 Password: 992102
FRIDAY, June 19
FRIDAY NOON YOUR TIME – PRAY for Pastors, Pastoral Leaders, Boards, Lay Leaders and all MCC Chaplains.
SATURDAY, June 20
Saturday, 9pm UTC / 5pm EDT (UTC-4)
Please join the Council of Elders for the fifth Facebook live broadcast of “Spiritual Nourishment”. Elder Nancy Maxwell will explore the spiritual practice of community worship, as well as take prayer requests to the Council. Worshipping as a community has taken on new meanings during the pandemic, with Zoom, Facebook Live, YouTube, etc., becoming standard ways to worship. Even as some of our churches return to worshipping in their buildings, stringent hygiene requirements alter the ways in which we worship. What have you noticed about community worship since we left our worship
spaces three months ago, both positive and negative? For those who feel comfortable, you can share your “noticings” in the comment section during the broadcast. We will send our time together with prayer requests.
Join in on the “MCC Council of Elders” Facebook group page.
VIRTUAL GLOBAL MEMORIAL SERVICE for those who have died of COVID-19
Tuesday, June 23
Watch for a separate email about this global event. We will travel around the world’s time zones as we offer prayer and remember those who have died of COVID-19. The services will include languages appropriate to that region and the MCC’s we have there. There will be a scrolling list of the names of those you wish to remember. We will add to it with each service.
Please send the names of anyone who died of COVID-19 that you wish to include in the memoriam here: https://forms.gle/79MbrAp4N7FPVZ517
ACTION STEPS TO END RACISM
1) Get on email lists of local anti-racism groups
2) Advocate for local police reforms and other reforms
4) Attend a Community Solidarity Event
5) For White Folx Only, we must learn to de-center whiteness and educate ourselves. Start with any of the resources below.
Sister organization created for white folx as a support organization for Black Lives Matter. (USA) They have many, many resources on their website https://www.showingupforracialjustice.org/.
Here are just a few of them:
- Racism 101: Understanding Race and Racism
- White Supremacy Culture
- White Feminism
- White Privilege and Benefits
- White Nationalism
Articles and Essays (listed by Faith in Public Life)
- 5 Ways White People Can Take Action in Response to White and State-Sanctioned Violence | Medium
- 12 Ideas For How Clergy Can Show Up | Femminary
- 75 Things White People Can Do for Racial Justice | Medium
- The 1619 Project | The New York Times
- America’s Racial Contract Is Killing Us | The Atlantic
- America Reckons With Racial Injustice | NPR
- A call to conscience for white Christian women | RNS
- How To Be a Good White Ally, According to Activists | Vox
- I Want to Be an Ally But I Don’t Know What to Do | IG
- Where do I donate? Why is the uprising violent? Should I go protest? | Medium
- White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack
- A Detailed List of Anti-Racism Resources: books, movies and more. – https://medium.com/wake-up-call/a-detailed-list-of-anti-racism-resources-a34b259a3eea
- Resources for Children. – embracerace.org
- Praying with James Baldwin in an Age of #BlackLivesMatter ” This project offers 30 days of prayers for an age of #BlackLivesMatter . It looks to author and artist James Baldwin as a guide. Over 30 days we pray with the “Last Words” of those who have been killed by racism and police violence, and we pray for the courage to take “First Steps” to change the world around us.”
- My White Friend Asked Me on Facebook to Explain White Privilege. I Decided to Be Honest. https://www.yesmagazine.org/opinion/2017/09/08/my-white-friend-asked-me-on-facebook-to-explain-white-privilege-i-decided-to-be-honest/?fbclid=IwAR1BI5kbWnupn2HC_U-c9aPolih4HNsIjPITWM04X2CBQfSGt5jy-2G0k88
- The Color of Fear. – by Diversity Training Films is available for purchase or streaming viewing. Excerpts are also available on YouTube and might be good for sermon illustrations or small group discussions https://www.diversitytrainingfilms.com/films-2/films/
- Reading as Resistance? The rise of the anti-racism book list.
- WHAT BOOKS DO YOU RECOMMEND? Send your list to [email protected]
When They See Us – Film and Discussion Series
MCC Greater St. Louis will host discussions on Mondays June 22nd- July 13th at 7:30 Central /8:30pm Eastern / 12:30am UTC (UTC-5). http://www.mccgsl.org/program-list/2020/6/22/when-they-see-us
Mobilizing Love Ministries will host discussions on Thursdays June 25th – July 16th 8:00-9:30pm Eastern / midnight UTC (UTC-4).
Pre-register and receive an email with the login information. https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYtdO2hrzsuEtAToVJyEXy-IaBoRDuAOHhN
Join in a discussion of the four-part docu-drama miniseries “When They See Us” produced, directed and co-written by Ava DuVernay about the Exonerated 5, formerly known as the Central Park 5. Using DuVernay’s discussion guide, we will talk about issues of racism, white supremacy, law, and policing that led to 5 innocent kids being charged with and convicted of murder. Each week, watch an episode of this docu-drama (available on Netflix) then join in a guided discussion of that episode. We urge you to watch only one episode at a time and sit with it until after the discussion group. There is a possibility of a daytime discussion group if there is enough interest. Let us know [email protected]
Don’t have Netflix? MCC Greater St. Louis is offering Watch Parties and Prayer on Sunday nights at 6:30pm Central / 7:30pm Eastern / 11:30pm UTC (UTC-5)
Email Rev. Lauren Bennett for details. [email protected]
White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism
A virtual book study of the book by Robin Diangelo
Wednesdays in July at 1pm EDT / 5pm UTC (UTC-04)
5 weeks x 1.5 hour sessions.
REGISTRATION LINK: http://bit.ly/RacismandMe
Participants are required to read the assigned chapters before each session. Should a group from one MCC want to participate, we can place you in a small group break out room for some of the discussions. This study is offered by the team of Mobilizing Love Ministries (an authorized MCC ministry). Should there be enough interest in an evening or weekend series, one may be scheduled. Contact [email protected] if interested in evening or weekend times.
Sample Public Statements
Church of the Trinity Metropolitan Community Church (MCC)
Racism and White Supremacy in America and in the Church
God has not given us a spirit of fear, but the spirit of power, of courage and resolution, to meet difficulties and dangers; the spirit of love which will carry us through opposition.” 2 Timothy 1:7
At Church of the Trinity Metropolitan Community Church, we were founded on the precepts of inclusion, diversity and Christian Social Action. Today, in the face of unprecedented acts of racism and white supremacy in our country, we find ourselves called to look inside ourselves and find a way to stand in the place where we should be . . . with the peaceful protesters, taking a knee, listening to the stories of African American people, crying with the mothers who have lost their sons and daughters, and grieving with the daughters and sons who have lost their fathers and mothers.
We stand in the place where we should be . . .
Praying and asking for hearts of mercy, humility, and justice.
Searching and learning how to face our own white privilege and racists actions.
Confessing the times that we have turned the other way or were tone deaf, just because we could.
Lending our voices of whiteness and privilege to move toward the dismantling of racist systems and structures that plague this nation at every turn.
Walking with those who feel that no matter how many black lives are lost, no one is listening.
Offering our hearts with compassion in such a way that we become more and more aware of our need to denounce white privilege in all its forms.
Investing time and effort in our own education about racism and white supremacy so as not to make it incumbent on black people to teach us.
Standing with and beside our black siblings in every moment because we see them and appreciate their worth.
Speaking out against anything that would cause our black siblings to say, “I Can’t Breathe.”
We take our place in following Jesus by saying a “Holy NO” to any who might use religion or our houses of worship to sell goods and ideas that are for their own purposes. We recommit ourselves to walking humbly, remaining prayerful, and always seeking justice for the least of these.
“Open the gates of justice! I will enter and tell the Lord how thankful I am.” Psalm 118:19
Good Hope Metropolitan Community Church, Cape Town
We declare that our church continues to stand against all forms of racism and discrimination and condemn violence. We offer our support and stand in solidarity with those taking a stand.
We don’t presume to understand the full context nor the lived experiences of those living in another country, even though there may be similarities in our own contexts.
We can, however, relate to the effects of ongoing institutional discrimination, racism as well as the racism, discrimination and violence between people that still happens today.
South Africa has her own journey in this regard and have much healing, learning, repenting and repairing still to do, and so this comes from a place of knowing, and not knowing.
We do believe in the power of action, and see the destruction of inaction. We believe in the power of prayer, that can do immeasurably more then what we can do in our human capacity. We commit to doing both, act and pray.
Your family members in South Africa.
Good Hope MCC Church Council
Rev Beulah Durrheim
PRIDE happens at different times around the world. It’s PRIDETIDE or PRIDE month in the USA. Whether you are celebrating Pride right now or not, please send us some of your Pride celebrations to share. We are looking for PRIDE Worship Resources and Virtual Pride Events. Please share them to [email protected]
Here are a few things to help your PRIDE celebrations.
- 10 of the Best Queer Documentaries to Watch for Pride Month
- Twelve Cuban Women You Should Already Know! Here is a the link to a Cuban Magazine “Alma Mater” where our MCC Clergy Rev. Elaine Saralegui is included. English readers use Google Translate. https://medium.com/revista-alma-mater/doce-cubanas-que-ya-deber%C3%ADas-conocer-4220e7323ab
- Austin Gay Men’s Chorus with Director Daniel Arredondo from UpRising MCC – This is a good possibility for Pride Month! https://www.facebook.com/danielarredondo/videos/10158391424594936/
- The Meaning of Pride – a song composed by Disciples Minister Sandhya Jha with permission for MCC use! Shared by Rev. Elder Jim Mitulski.
- A Pride Service – a service from the Unitarian Universalist community in Delaware, USA, pastored by MCC Kharma Amos – contains some great ideas and resources – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XXI_r7SBpRs&fbclid=IwAR1oWFLNFcV_1-By8HXPxC9NSLdvi6qVkUIKZAaFFQzuuj8syapMZd29vpQ
- A Pride and Anniversary MCC Song A new song was written by a member of MCC San Diego for their 50th Anniversary. HAPPY ANNIVERSARY and CONGRATULATIONS MCC San Diego! You can hear the new song early in the service. Catch the replay of their 50th Anniversary Celebration Worship from June 7th!
Celebrate Pride and Celebrate MCC with QUEER TV!
MCC is proud to partner with Revry, unapologetically queer TV, who is supporting us by splitting all subscription fees (after your free month) throughout the rest of the year. Revry will also give MCC some free promotion in the coming months. Click here https://revry.tv/ and be sure to use MCC’s Code C111.
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