A Vision for Racial Justice: A Congregation-wide Effort to Develop a Vision and Plan

“We’re facing some very challenging cultural issues this summer,” says Pastor Rhodes. “Our history of race and racism in the US isn’t stellar, and it all seems to be coming together in a matter of a few months,” beginning, many have said, with the death of George Floyd on May 25 in Minneapolis.

“So many of the responses have been reactionary, including the church’s response,” he continues. “People are trying their best to do something, say something. They’ve been passionate, heated, emotional, energizing, and sometimes deadly. But it’s important to remember that reactions are responses to a problem we have to deal with in the United States.”

How do we do that as a congregation? What is our vision? What is our plan?

“It’s important that these questions are wrestled with as a congregation, a family gathering together to talk about an important issue that’s confronting us.” To do that, a team has been formed to help us develop a Vision for Racial Justice at St. John’s. Team members include Ted Goins, Evelyn Medina, and Caroline Parrott.

An important part of the process is our Town Hall zoom gathering on Wednesday evening, Aug. 26 from 7-8:30 pm. Our goal is for at least 150 of our members to join in. After a brief presentation, we’ll be divided into small groups of no more than 8 people to wrestle with questions that will help inform our vision and plan. We hope you’ll join us. Join with the zoom link below.

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