For the past two years, the MSJC Racial Justice Issue Team has hosted an event to commemorate Juneteenth, the day African Americans celebrate their freedom from slavery. These events have invited participants to join in sharing prayer, songs and dialogue focused on overcoming racism. The experience has been inspiring, challenging, and reflective.
Please see resources below from the Juneteenth 2021 program on how you can start doing the work of overcoming racism. A link to watch the 2021 Juneteenth gathering is also below:
• Celebrating Juneteenth PowerPoint
• A Guide to Continuing the Journey
• Media Resources on Systemic Racism
• 2021 Juneteenth Event Zoom Recording
In partnership with the Adele Social Justice Project, we have offered the Seeing White podcast series and dialogue for the Marianist Family to engage in more intentional, internal conversations and provide more space for conversion of hearts. It is helpful for us as as family to hold the mirror up to our own shortcomings and opportunities for growth and intentional invitation to address the evil of racism that still exists in our communities.
This program has now been run with four different cohorts. The participants in each group listened to a racial equity podcast and then fostered discussion on the issues and insights to move forward. We are hoping to host this program in the future so check back here and on MSJC's social media for details!
The Racial Justice Issue Team is exploring ways our Marianist institutions are and/or could be living out the Church's mission of racial justice. Similar to how some Marianist schools have successfully addressed environmental sustainability efforts, we feel racial justice could become an integral part of how we talk about and do things at an institutional level.