Community Conversation on Race
with Father Alan and Deacon Shiane
Many of us are struggling with the issue of the tragic persistence of racism and systemic injustice in the United States.
On June 2 a Community Conversation was held via Zoom with parishioners of St. Mary's and community friends about recent events regarding racism in our country and how to be an ally for justice, to fight against hate, and to teach tolerance and civility, focusing on our social responsibility and the call to action.
Participants were able to hear Father Alan Dennis and Deacon Shiane Lee from our church speak of their personal experiences.
Father Alan was born and raised in South Africa amidst Apartheid, was arrested at 16 years of age for fighting for equality, and then worked closely for decades with individuals such as Desmond Tutu to fight for equal rights for all.
Deacon Shiane offered insight into her experiences growing up during the civil rights movement and shared her perspectives as an African American woman in the Bronx, New York.
They discussed how their own experiences influence their perception of current events. This will be the first of many discussions of what our responsibility is and how we can exact change during these uncertain times of terrible unrest and economic, health and social devastation that we are witnessing during Covid.
Please click here to hear a recording of the June 2 conversation.