Justice Ministries

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.

Walk in Love

On Sunday, April 18, 2021, 20 parishioners from St. Bartholomew’s participated in the annual Walk in Love to honor the life of Z. Alexander Looby, a Black civil rights lawyer and Episcopalian. The bombing of Looby's Nashville home in 1960 resulted in a 3000 student-led civil rights march on the Metro Courthouse and the subsequent desegregation of Nashville’s downtown lunch counters. We also read the Looby Litany at our Eucharist on Monday, April 19. Resources from the Diocese on The Walk in Love can be found here.