“Racism can often be found in our hearts—in many cases placed there unwillingly or unknowingly by our upbringing and culture. As such, it can lead to thoughts and actions that we do not even see as racist, but nonetheless flow from the same prejudicial root… Racism can also be institutional, when practices or traditions are upheld that treat certain groups of people unjustly. The cumulative effects of personal sins of racism have led to social structures of injustice and violence that makes us all accomplices in racism.” ~US Conference of Catholic Bishops, Open Wide Our Hearts
Formed in 2007, our Dismantling Racism Team is focused on creating awareness of racism and white privilege, both personal and systemic. We are committed to taking action to dismantle racism internally, in our parish and in our world. The Team has worked for racial and economic justice in many ways, both educational and relational, pushing our parish to become a truly welcoming community.
Recent successes include our annual MLK Sunday guest reflections, with this year's reflection available here:
Sr. Colleen O’Toole – 2019
We have also held a bi-monthly racial justice book series. You can find the list of books read here .
Most significantly, our Dismantling Racism Team is our major connection to the AMOS Project, a coalition of faith-based congregations, including churches, synagogues, and mosques, working on racial and economic justice in our city. One of our biggest recent victories was the successful passage of Cincinnati’s Issue 44: Strong Start, Strong Futures campaign to increase access to early childhood education in the city.
We are currently working with two important resources, the USCCB’s Open Wide Our Hearts: The Enduring Call to Love, the Bishop’s 2018 pastoral letter focused on racism, and the Intercommunity Justice and Peace Center’s Race and Racism in Cincinnati Toolkit. Both of these resources are available to small faith groups.
New members are always welcome. For more information or to join, contact our Director of Social Mission, Tim Severyn at firstname.lastname@example.org