Equity and Justice Midyear Update
May 26, 2021
My name is Hazel Monae and I am honored to serve as the Missioner for Equity & Justice at the Episcopal Diocese of Washington.
God is a word that means anything beyond self; beyond ego. If theology is what I believe about God, then it must be that what I believe about God must go beyond my experiences alone. I’m speaking as someone who is a relentless follower of Jesus Christ and is in love with Jesus’ vision for how we ought to be in the world--workers and strivers for justice.
Justice means centering historically marginalized communities to ensure their thriving & healing from generations of injustice. A justice framework can move us from a reactive posture to a more powerful, proactive and even preventative approach. This understanding of justice is not just a wish. Even in my short time in this Diocese, I have seen so much potential for this vision to be made manifest.
- I see the vision in the revamped Prison Ministry Team that’s working to build a multi-layered approach to restoring human dignity.
- I see the vision in the Sanctuary Ministry that’s actively working to support our undocumented siblings.
- The vision is nigh in the work of the Reparations Task Force as it seeks to uncover the truth about our past and to repair the breach in our present.
- The vision is here and now in the Race & Social Justice Committee’s work to train us all in the important work of anti-racism.
These are just small glimpses into the myriad ways that your parishes, regions and this diocese are manifesting a lived theology of justice and preparing us for what’s ahead. In the next 90 days we will…
- Continue to tell the truth about racism through the launching of an Anti-Racism 101 Curriculum and ongoing Sacred Ground circles throughout the Diocese.
- Pursue Congregational and Diocesan History Projects for the work of Reparations.
- Create toolkits for individuals and parishes to engage Racial Equity conversations and practices.
- Discern priorities for future work of equity & justice.
May we continue to respond to God’s promise made in Amos--of justice that rolls like a mighty river and righteousness that runs like an ever-flowing stream. I’m encouraged. I’m excited. I’m ready. Thank you all for being on this journey. I look forward to our work together.
Hazel Monae (she/her)
Missioner for Equity and Justice