Discernment Series: Racial Justice offers an opportunity for education and theological reflection to discern ways we can work for racial justice in our daily lives through the framework of the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius. Twice a week, starting the week of the Baptism of the Lord and ending in Pentecost, participants will receive a newsletter. The first will define terms necessary to engage in dialogues about racial equity and offer insight and examples of how racism is present in individual, structural, and cultural ways. The second newsletter will contain meditations and prayer reflections to open our hearts to see the world as God sees and call us to live out the Good News of Jesus Christ.
As a parish, we engage in this series on racial justice because working for racial equity stems directly from our call as followers of Jesus. A man of his own culture, Jesus encountered the Syrophoenician Woman who taught him that his ministry was for all people, not just the people of Israel. He was able to break out of his preconceived notions shared by his cultural background. Consequentially, Jesus preached a message of radical inclusion and acceptance where all might be freed from chains of division and exclusion. This discernment series invites us to follow the lead of Jesus: to prayerfully consider where we are being invited to grow so that we individually and as a parish may work for racial equity.
Secondly, the Universal Apostolic Preferences of the Society of Jesus compel us to “walk with the poor, the outcasts of the world, those whose dignity has been violated, in a mission of reconciliation and justice.” Since our founding as a nation, many racial minorities have had their dignity violated and have been deemed the outcasts of our society. To take up the call of the Society of Jesus in our own context is to work for racial equity and reconciliation. Our hope as a parish will be more equipped to do this work following this discernment series.
Discernment Series: Racial Justice is for those who are ready and willing to engage in discerning how one can work for racial justice through faith and reason.