Christ Church, Presbyterian as of April 2021
Carl asks how are we doing at being our siblings’ keepers…?
Valerie: An analysis by John Blake “The Look in Derek Chauvin’s Eyes is Something Worse than Hate.” Less than hate is indifference. “There is a peculiar pain to being ignored.” Some feel it is easier to deal with overt racism. “The Invisible Man” by Ralph Ellison raises this invisibility and indifference.
Carol is reading “The Sum of Us” by Heather McGhee. (2021) “The most segregated people in the country are white people…”
Janet mentions the bill (H.R.1 “For the People Act”) in Congress around voting. She urges us to support this bill which passed in the House and is now in the Senate.
Judy talked with a friend, a black judge, in San Francisco about the Chauvin decision and he said he didn’t think it would change much.
Carol also read Vermonter Emily Bernard’s “Black is the Body: Stories from My Grandmother’s Time, My Mother’s Time, and Mine” (2021) about the experiences of Black women.
Mary Beth. Says more about the Bernard book: a good book for groups. Readable.
Deborah: attended the joint study group at St. Paul’s. Says it has been rich and
encourages people to check it out. https://www.stpaulscathedralvt.org/
Sue: shares a sermon commentary on Good Friday – the crucifixion is a
lynching. She also mentions comments by the Episcopal Bishop of Vermont:
“I am always hopeful that resurrection is just around the corner, no matter
how distant it may seem… Today, it feels like progress and reconciliation
CCP has held monthly Racial Justice discussions since June 2020. If you would like to read a brief summary of previous meetings, please click here.
SUPPORT RACIAL JUSTICE IN VERMONT
CCP’s Racial Justice Discussion on March 21st resulted in three ways you can support Vermont’s BIPOC population.
- ACLU – Despite decades of efforts to curb police violence and address systemic racism, it is clear how much remains the same. Data consistently shows Vermont law enforcement stops, searches, and arrests Black and Brown people at disproportionate rates, and the number of Vermonters killed by police has increased over the last several decades, with 2019 being the deadliest to date. The ACLU and a diverse group of Vermont-based organizations have released this ten-part action plan for police reform in Vermont. We are calling on lawmakers to take bold action to limit the unchecked power of police and make much-needed investments in Vermont communities. And we are asking our supporters to make their voices heard. https://www.acluvt.org/en/plan-reimagine-policing-vermont (Ann N.)
- COVID Vaccines in Prisons – Governor Scott has not yet approved a large vaccination program for those in prison, despite the fact that prisons are breeding grounds for Covid infections because of close housing conditions. This puts many at risk of infection, and unnecessarily endangers the lives of both inmates and those who work with them. Under the Eighth Amendment to the constitution, inmates must be provided with access to timely and appropriate medical interventions to access, diagnose, treat and prevent health conditions. The risk of Covid would certainly meet this requirement. We urge you to write to the Governor to request he reverse his current opposition and provide the vaccine to all those who live or work in Vermont prisons immediately so that Vermont can meet the basic principles of correctional health care. For additional information and email addresses, please see “Covid Vaccines in Prisons“. (Ann O.)
- Stimulus Money Donation Ideas – Vermonters will be receiving additional stimulus checks, and some of us are in a financial position that allows us to use those checks to support needed causes in our community. Here are some suggestions from members of Session for worthy organizations if you are able to donate all or part of your stimulus money. We selected organizations that serve BIPOC Vermonters and reflect our discussions, resources list, and studies but hope this short list will stimulate your thinking. We encourage you to come up with your own ideas for groups and causes that need financial support. An updated list is available here: “Stimulus Checks“. (Virginia)
National Equity Project has a fabulous reading list for many topics: such as, 1) Rebel Leadership for our Collective Future; 2) No New Normal: Redesigning Our Collective Future; 3) Self-Care, Family & Community Well-being; 4) Academic & Social Emotional Learning Resources for Educators; 5) Tools, Tips and Strategies for Humanizing Online Learning for Adults and Young People; 6) Adaptive Leadership in the Age of the Coronavirus; 7) Political Analysis & Social Commentary; and my favorite, 8) Resources for the Heart. (Ann R. highly recommends)
Each month, CCP congregants read new books and articles, and if they think they will benefit others in the congregation, they talk about them at our monthly discussions. Please click on the links below to see what we have read and encourage others to read.
Each month, CCP congregants watch movies, television shows, TED talks, YouTube Talks and Website shows. If they think what they watched will benefit others in the congregation, they talk about them at our monthly discussions. Please click on the links below to see what we have watched and encourage others to watch.
Each month, CCP congregants listen to podcasts and music and if they think what they watched will benefit others in the congregation, they talk about them at our monthly discussions. Please click on the links below to see what we have heard and encourage others to listen to.
As time has gone by, we have increasing opportunities to support our BIPOC neighbors in Vermont, and our monthly discussions are a good way to share them. Please click on the links below to see how members of our congregation have been involved in racial justice actions and how the Presbyterian Church has been involved.