Featured Ministry: Racial Justice Ministry (COLORS)

by Johari DeWitt-Rogers
[Racial Justice Ministry member and a primary author of the Racial Justice Resolution]

I guess you could say that fighting for racial justice is in my DNA. I was born and raised in Alabama and my father was very involved in the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s. In fact, he was a colleague of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Even as a child, I understood that problems of racism and bigotry do not just solve themselves, people have to act.

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A Litany for the National Moral Day of Action

Today, September 12, 2016, clergy and justice leaders will gather in thirty states and at our nation’s capital for the National Higher Ground Moral Day of Action. Led by William Barber, James Forbes, Traci Blackmon and Sister Simone Campbell today’s actions launch a moral revival in support of the “Higher Ground Moral Declaration.”

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Keeping the Momentum Going

by Jason Lyon

I have never been prouder of All Saints Church than I was yesterday. Led by our amazing young people, over 600 members of our community gathered together in a prophetic and prayerful response to the tragic events in Baton Rouge, Minneapolis, and Dallas.

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Winning the Battle Against Religion Based Bigotry

What Religious Liberty Is and Isn’t
Sunday, May 22

with Jennifer Pizer, Lambda Legal Law & Policy Director

The surge of anti-LGBT legislation across the country has dominated the news cycle putting homophobia and transphobia front-and-center in our civic discourse. A source of concern for all fair-minded Americans, this latest surge strikes a deep chord with people of faith who once again see their religion being hijacked as a weapon of mass discrimination.

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All Saints Church Statement on Ferguson Grand Jury Decision

Standing with Ferguson

“As we watch the news breaking from Ferguson, Missouri we recognize once again the harsh reality that structural racism is a given in our nation,” said Ed Bacon, rector of All Saints Church in Pasadena.

“Our prayers are with the people of Ferguson as they seek to express in nonviolent ways their insistence on justice. This challenge, issued by St. Louis Cathedral Dean Mike Kinman, is one we take as our own today: “It is up to us whether Ferguson and St. Louis will just be the identified patient for American racism or whether this will spark a national movement for transformation, a movement that will not end until all people are treated as beloved images of God.”

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Susan Russell

Susan Russell: “Religious Discrimination 101”

Susan Russell in the Huffington Post:

In this very moment it is a tragically real and present danger to thousands of Yazidi people who have been targeted for extermination by ISIS — the terrorist group called “too radical for Al-Qaeda” — because of their ancient religious beliefs.

History — both modern and ancient — is likewise tragically full of examples of times and places where religious discrimination has been the source of persecution, death and destruction. The perversion of religion into a weapon of mass destruction is antithetical to the core beliefs of all the world’s great religions. And yet none of those religions have escaped the sad reality that human beings — given the power to do so — will use God as an excuse to inflict pain and suffering on other human beings.

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Brave New Voices

Poetry from the Brave New Voices Grand Slam Finals at the Auditorium Theatre in Chicago.


Ask Congress to Pass ENDA

This Sunday, we will be writing to our members in the House of Representatives asking them to work for passage of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) – already passed by the Senate. ENDA would provide basic protections against workplace discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.

If you’d like to take further action online, please use this online petition to urge House Speaker Boehner to call a vote on ENDA.

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Valerie Batts

Dismantling Racism: Valerie Batts, Oct. 20 & 21

Rector’s Forum, Sunday, October 20, 10:15 AM
Special Forum, Monday, October 21, 7 PM – 9 PM

Dr. Valerie Batts is a nationally recognized expert on issues of race and ethnicity. Author of Modern Racism: New Melody for the Same Old Tune, Dr. Batts has written extensively on modern racism and multicultural organizational change strategies. She is the originator of the VISIONS training model and experiential workshops for anti-discrimination and reconciliation training.

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