"Reconciliation is not about patting one another on the back and turning a blind eye to the wrong. True reconciliation exposes the awfulness, the abuse, the hurt, the truth. It could even sometimes makes things worse. It is a risky undertaking but in the end, it is worthwhile because, in the end, only an honest confrontation with reality can bring real healing. Superficial reconciliation can bring only superficial healing."
Bishop Desmond Tutu
ANTI-RACISM TASK FORCE
Our mission is to support Ascension’s efforts to educate and build awareness among others as to the challenges that Black people face every day, based solely on their ethnicity.
Ascension’s Anti-Racism Task Force will host monthly events that are intended to support its mission statement (of educating and building awareness among others as to the challenges that Black people face every day based solely on their ethnicity). Fall 2020 plans include 1)interactive sessions in which participants will be able to, in small group settings, explore their inner feelings regarding racism, 2) outside speakers addressing racism and bias, and 3) potentially Ascension interacting with other local churches.
The Episcopal Church defines racial reconciliation as the spiritual practice of seeking loving, liberating, and life-giving relationship with God and one another, and striving to heal and transform injustice and brokenness in ourselves, our communities, institutions, and society.
Below are videos from our July, 2020 gatherings.
Below is our 2018 series on Racial Healing
Love Wins LBGTQ Ministry
Want to help LGBTQ Christians and seekers at Ascension feel welcomed and at home? Love Wins is an inclusion ministry – a place where LGBTQ+ Episcopalians and newcomers, as well as friends and allies, gather for fellowship, mutual encouragement, and to advocate for radical welcome and full inclusion. Interested in learning more? Contact Annelies Moeser.