In addition to the editable resource page that came out of the Waking Up White class, there is now a questionnaire available for any member or frequent guest of Westminster; you do not have to have participated in the class. Through this survey, you can express your interest in local and regional events dealing with race/racism/white supremacy and indicate how willing you might be to engage in future work within Westminster and out in the community. The results of the survey will also give the Peace, Justice & Inclusion committee of the Mission and Outreach division some feedback on where interest and energy are among the congregation to continue grappling with the complex issues of racial justice. Please join in this important work; filling out the survey is an important first step!
After our Fall 2017 class discussing Waking Up White, the class consensus was that we need to continue grappling with these issues of whiteness, race, and dismantling racism, and we need to include all members of Westminster in this important work. The class facilitators have initiated a resource Google doc that lists upcoming local and regional events, suggestions for where we as a church might go in further fellowship and exploration of this important topic affecting our community and nation, and a reading list. The document is editable by anyone with the link, so feel free to add events, suggestions, and readings or videos you think are noteworthy. Anyone wishing to continue these discussions and/or take concrete action on these (and other) suggestions should email .
Having reviewed eight proposals, the Benevolence Committee of Mission and Outreach recommended the following grants totaling $21,000 from Mission Endowment income for 2017, which Session approved unanimously at its November stated meeting.
International Neighbors of Charlottesville: $5000
For purchase of 20 refurbished laptop computers for immigrant families
Bread and Roses Ministry, Trinity Episcopal Church, Charlottesville: $2800 This ministry was started about one year ago to encourage city gardening and healthy food preparation at Trinity’s kitchen, targeted at lower income families in Charlottesville. The funds will support a Food Justice Conference involving faith-rooted organizations
Circles of Welcome and Protection for Our Immigrant and Refugee Neighbors: $13200
A proposal in support of Westminster’s commitment to support immigrants and sanctuary movement. Funds will be allocated to
Legal Aid Justice Center (Charlottesville): $10,000
Additional attorney capacity for emergency assistance to help protect immigrants in the Charlottesville area
Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy: $3,200
Immigrant justice advocacy through VICPP’s Welcoming All Program,
Central Virginia Sanctuary Network
Kobby Hoffman, Chair of Benevolence Committee
Winston Barham, Recording Clerk of Session
What: Border Mission Trip Interest Meeting
When: Sunday, Nov 19th, after 11am Worship
Where: Westminster Library
Who: Anyone who may be interested in participating in a mission trip to the border, with proposed dates in May 2018. We hope to include any and all members of the congregation, including youth and university students.
Questions: Contact Brittany Caine-Conley.