March 7: Lenten Reflection on Racism at The Episcopal Church Center


The Episcopal Church Center invites GTS students to ALenten Reflection on Racism on Friday, March 7. The event begins with worship at 12:10 PM, followed by lunch and facilitated conversation around a video of the Nov. 15, 2013 panel discussion, "Fifty Years Later: The State of Racism in America." Worship, lunch, and conversation take place in the chapel and hospitality space, which are located across from one another on the ground level of the Church Center, 815 2nd Avenue, Manhattan. The event will conclude by 2:00 PM. The Church Center's John Colon writes: At our Fifty Years Later: The State of Racism in America event in Mississippi, we concluded that racism is still a reality that continues to negatively impact communities of color in the United States. Recent events point to this regrettable conclusion and the need to address racism by educating ourselves, raising our consciousness and taking action. As The Rev. Stephen Muncie, Rector of Grace Church, Brooklyn Heights, wrote to the parish community last week, "I share with you a favorite quotation, a powerful insight from Dietrich Bonhoeffer, the German theologian executed by the Nazis: 'Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act.'" All of us, as missionaries, need to participate in this event. The future of our nation is at stake here and the wellbeing of our brothers and sisters of color require our involvement.