St. Bartholomew's Justice Ministries provide ways for parishioners to live into the promise in our Baptismal Covenant to: "strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being." (Book of Common Prayer, p. 305)
The national outcry over racial injustices in the summer of 2020 challenged faith communities, including St. Bartholomew's, to respond. St. B's led with a parish-wide book study on The Color of Compromise by Jamar Tisby, which addresses the Church’s historical role in racial oppression and its potential as a community for reconciliation and healing. In August 2020, Nancy Cason was named volunteer Assistant to the Rector for Justice Ministries, and several parishioners and clergy attended the five-week diocesan workshop "Becoming A Catalyst" in preparation to promote racial justice and healing in our diocese and in the world.
In Winter 2021, a group of parishioners participated in The Episcopal Church's "Sacred Ground Dialogues," a 10-week film- and readings-based discussion on race and faith. Small groups walked through chapters of America's history of oppression, while learning about God's view of justice and the meaning of Beloved Community. St. Bartholomew's is planning to host Sacred Ground Dialogues in Fall 2021. Please check back for more details.