A wonderful and enlightening seminar on race, led by Sandi Dick

On Monday, February 12, at 7:00 PM in the Ada Webb Room, two dozen parishioners and friends joined Sandi Dick and Rev. Meghan for a look at Ijeoma Oluo’s pathbreaking piece So you want to talk about race, which explores the complex reality of today’s racial landscape. After we talked about key points in Oluo’s introduction, the focus was on Sandi’s experiences in Alabama, the Pacific Northwest and elsewhere in the States, as a black woman, a Jamaican immigrant, an army officer, and as a mother. The wide-ranging discussion helped raise our awareness of the challenges that we need to be aware of before we try to discuss and share experiences about race and racism.

Ijeoma Oluo is a Seattle-based writer, speaker and self-described “internet yeller.” She was named of of the most influential people in Seattle, by Seattle Magazine. She’s the Editor-At-Large at The Establishment – a media platform run and funded by women. You can read several of her articles on her web site.

The community of St. Andrew’s is celebrating Black History Month through a number of forums, exhibits, and even food.

On Monday, February 5, from 7:00 to 8:00 PM we discussed the wonderful essay “What Price Freedom?” from James Baldwin’s book The Cross of Redemption. Copies are available through the Church Office, or you can purchase your own copy at a reasonable price on Amazon. 

Writer and playwright James  Baldwin (1924-1987) is considered to be one of the 20th century’s greatest writers, Baldwin broke new literary ground with the exploration of racial and social issues in his many works. He was especially known for his essays on the black experience in America.

During coffee hour on three different Sundays, Annika, Lee and Sandy have offered to prepare a food item that represents their black culture.

Our readings and discussions are meant to help us reflect on the following questions: As our baptismal vows ask, will we strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being? What does it look like to put our “we will” into action?

We would love the celebration of Black History Month to be the beginning of finding ways to celebrate different cultures and races as a continual reminder to open our mind to difference and deepening what it means to respect the dignity of every human being.