Voices for Reconciliation

The St. Mark’s Commission for Racial Justice and Equity

Our VISION for Saint Mark’s is that we will be an informed and engaged parish community, intentionally living out our Baptismal vows by working toward equity and justice for all persons and groups.

With God’s help, we will make it our MISSION to “strive for justice and peace among all people and respect the dignity of every human being.” To this end, the Commission will promote the awareness of all parishioners about the inequities and injustices in our world and the needs for reconciliation within our parish and the larger community, with the goal of helping to correct these racial and socioeconomic disparities.

Our OBJECTIVES include the following:

  • to conduct an audit of our parishioners’ participation in and leadership of our ministries, so that we may welcome, nurture, and utilize the various gifts of all persons in our congregational life
  • to present our vision clearly and consistently across all communication platforms, providing visitors as well as new and current parishioners with a range of materials and media that represent our commitment to reconciliation
  • to raise our parishioners’ awareness of and participation in Episcopal Church programs and projects, as well as those of other faith-based and community organizations, that are working to achieve reconciliation
  • to incorporate into our worship services content and practices from a broad range of sources, styles, and traditions
  • to provide parishioners of all ages with Christian formation programs and materials that promote reconciliation, equity, and racial justice in both our parish and the community.

The ACTIVITIES we sponsor will include the following:

  • a twice-monthly book study group (called “Page Turners”) that will make us aware of the social and racial injustices in our society and discover ways we can become involved to eradicate racism and social injustice
    • New book study July 6 through August 31 “The Sum of Us What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can All Prosper Together” by Heather McGhee
  • a twice-monthly story forum that will offer an alternative for coffee hour time to give individuals an opportunity to tell their stories of how racism has affected their lives and for listeners to consider what they’ve heard considering their own experiences and what they might do to work against racism (parishioners alternating with guests from other congregations, community, etc.)
  • a quarterly gathering that will… invite the entire parish to come together, perhaps over a meal, to learn about ongoing programs and resources, host guest presenters, and participate in small sharing groups that will continue the conversation about how to work against racism
  • a once-yearly fair highlighting the efforts of different area churches and faith- based organizations working against racism
  • regular communications updates for the entire parish of activities, resources, articles, webinars, etc.

For more information please contact Andrea Flasher racialjustice@stmarks-upland.org