DOTAC Racial Justice Journey

In 2020, and again in Lent 2021, 30-40 diaconal siblings gathered five times for emotionally and spiritually powerful learning, prayer, scripture study and discussion about being allies in racial justice. Representing an ecumenical spectrum, people attended from throughout the DOTAC region.

The anti-racism events begun in the fall of 2020 and again in Lent 2021, were continued this summer.  In June and July, Marlene Britton, David Rojas Martίnez, Hyerim Park, and Colleen Bernu, led 35 diaconal participants in this important listening and learning.  We are most thankful for their courageous vulnerability, clear challenges, and depth of spirit. 

Videos from the June Session

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Marlene Britton is a diaconal minister currently serving the United Church of Canada. She received her theological training in her homeland of Jamaica, after which she was served 4 years in Belize, and 16 years in Barbados and 7 years in Canada. Currently she serves at the General Council Office of the United Church of Canada as the Program coordinator for Admission and Pastoral Relations.

David Rojas Martínez, originally from central Mexico, is currently living and working in Minneapolis, U.S.A. He serves as the Community Engagement and Education Coordinator for a Luther-an Church (ELCA) and is a consecrated deacon of the Lutheran Diaconal Association. His faith commu-nity and he have been at the forefront of responding to needs in light of George Floyd’s murder last year, the social unrest which followed, and the current climate of uncertainty in the Twin Cities of Minnesota as well as its suburbs. He is a graduate of Valparaiso University (’15) and Luther Seminary (’20).

Hyerim Park studies in the Diaconal Ministry program at the Centre for Christian Studies and the Mas-ters of Theological Studies at St. Andrew’s College. In 2018 Hyerim moved to Canada from South Korea. She has training as a teacher and taught in Korea prior to coming to Canada. She also has studied English in the United States and the Philippines. Over the years, she has played lots of sports, participated in the-atre, and even was in a rock band. An advocate for inclusion and diversity, Hyerim has been involved in, and very passionate about intercultural ministry, anti-racism training and the rights of sexual minorities.

Colleen Hankins Bernu was raised in Wisconsin, and now lives in Minnesota. Colleen’s desire to connect communities, her heart for the marginalized, and passion to lead others into meeting Christ through diakonia guide her ministry. As a mission developer, she led the devel-opment of Together Here, a ministry of mutual accompaniment with Ojibwe neighbors . Colleen is an approved Deacon candidate in the ELCA and the ELCA Deaconess Community. She is a descend-ant of the Fond Du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, and lives with her family on the Fond Du Lac Indian Reservation.

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**Prayers for All Saints and Sunday, October 31, 2021**

*Revelation 21:1-6a*

Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth;

for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more.

And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, …

And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying,

"See, the home of God is among mortals.

God will dwell with them as their God; they will be God’s peoples,

and God will be with them;

God will wipe every tear from their eyes.

Death will be no more;

mourning and crying and pain will be no more,

for the first things have passed away."

And the one who was seated on the throne said,

"See, I am making all things new.

Write this, for these words are trustworthy and true."

Then it was said to me,

"It is done!

I am the Alpha and the Omega,

the beginning and the end.”

*Prayer*

Alpha and Omega,

Beginning and End,

Transcendent and Imminent,

you are our God.

Reveal yourself in the beauty and extravagance of your vision.

Help us see creation from your divine perspective.

Allow us to imagine the world from your eternal point of view.

Transport us into your grace and your presence.

Renew the hopes of your tired people.

Dwell with us in the work of justice.

Write words of compassion on our hearts.

Unveil the beauty of a new Jerusalem.

May the tears of the distressed and the lonely,

be wiped away from their eyes.

May the deaths of the persecuted and exploited,

be no more.

May the mourning of the those crying and grieving,

pass away.

Make all things new:

enough of the hatred and horror;

enough of the inequality and prejudice;

enough of the apathy and greed.

Alpha and Omega,

Beginning and End,

Transcendent and Imminent,

you are our God.

May your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.

*Photo by Joost Crop on Unsplash*
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**Prayers for All Saints and Sunday, October 31, 2021**

 *Revelation 21:1-6a*

Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; 

for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more.

And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, …

And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, 

See, the home of God is among mortals. 

God will dwell with them as their God; they will be God’s peoples, 

and God will be with them;

God will wipe every tear from their eyes. 

Death will be no more; 

mourning and crying and pain will be no more, 

for the first things have passed away.

And the one who was seated on the throne said, 

See, I am making all things new.

Write this, for these words are trustworthy and true.

Then it was said to me, 

It is done! 

I am the Alpha and the Omega, 

the beginning and the end.”

*Prayer*

Alpha and Omega,

Beginning and End,

Transcendent and Imminent,

 you are our God.

Reveal yourself in the beauty and extravagance of your vision.

Help us see creation from your divine perspective.

Allow us to imagine the world from your eternal point of view.

Transport us into your grace and your presence.

Renew the hopes of your tired people.

Dwell with us in the work of justice.

Write words of compassion on our hearts.

Unveil the beauty of a new Jerusalem.

May the tears of the distressed and the lonely,

 be wiped away from their eyes.

May the deaths of the persecuted and exploited,

 be no more.

May the mourning of the those crying and grieving,

 pass away.

Make all things new:

 enough of the hatred and horror;

 enough of the inequality and prejudice;

 enough of the apathy and greed.

Alpha and Omega,

Beginning and End,

Transcendent and Imminent,

 you are our God.

May your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.

*Photo by Joost Crop on Unsplash*

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1 week ago

Prayer for Sunday, October 24

Proper 25



Mark 10: 46-52

They came to Jericho.

As he and his disciples and a large crowd were leaving Jericho,

Bartimaeus son of Timaeus, a blind beggar,

was sitting by the roadside.

When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth,

he began to shout out and say,

“Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”

Many sternly ordered him

“Be quiet!”

but he cried out even more loudly,

“Son of David, have mercy on me!”

Jesus stood still and said,

“Call him here.”

And they called the blind man, saying to him,

“Take heart; get up, he is calling you.”

So throwing off his cloak, he sprang up and came to Jesus.

Then Jesus said to him,

“What do you want me to do for you?”

The blind man said to him,

“My teacher, let me see again.”

Jesus said to him,

“Go; your faith has made you well.”

Immediately he regained his sight and followed him on the way.

Prayer

Patient God,

Sometimes, we go along with the crowd: cheering, jeering, changing on a whim.

Sometimes, we follow like disciples: learning, confusing, missing the point.

Sometimes, we sit by the side of the road: yelling, persisting, begging for mercy.

Sometimes, even, we act like Jesus:

showing compassion, asking the right question, offering healing grace.

Guide us on our journey.

Forgive us our trespasses.

Lead us into faith.

God of mercy, compassion, and justice, we pray for those who are:

least, lost, and lonely,

hungry and hurting,

thirsty and afflicted,

naked and needy,

homeless and hopeless,

sick and suffering,

captive and oppressed,

dying and grieving.

Jesus of Nazareth, who lived among us,

be alive in our midst this day.

Son of David, who envisioned God’s kingdom,

may we be part of your kingdom come.

Rabbi and Teacher, who shared the Spirit’s wisdom,

nurture us in your Way.

Healer, who brought wholeness and health,

restore our integrity and faith.

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Prayer for Sunday, October 24

Proper 25

 

Mark 10: 46-52

They came to Jericho. 

As he and his disciples and a large crowd were leaving Jericho, 

Bartimaeus son of Timaeus, a blind beggar, 

was sitting by the roadside. 

When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, 

he began to shout out and say,

 “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” 

Many sternly ordered him 

 “Be quiet!” 

but he cried out even more loudly, 

 “Son of David, have mercy on me!” 

Jesus stood still and said, 

 “Call him here.” 

And they called the blind man, saying to him, 

 “Take heart; get up, he is calling you.” 

So throwing off his cloak, he sprang up and came to Jesus. 

Then Jesus said to him, 

 “What do you want me to do for you?” 

The blind man said to him, 

 “My teacher, let me see again.” 

Jesus said to him, 

 “Go; your faith has made you well.” 

Immediately he regained his sight and followed him on the way.

Prayer

Patient God,

  Sometimes, we go along with the crowd: cheering, jeering, changing on a whim.

  Sometimes, we follow like disciples: learning, confusing, missing the point.

  Sometimes, we sit by the side of the road: yelling, persisting, begging for mercy.

  Sometimes, even, we act like Jesus:

showing compassion, asking the right question, offering healing grace.

  Guide us on our journey.

  Forgive us our trespasses.

  Lead us into faith.

God of mercy, compassion, and justice, we pray for those who are:

least, lost, and lonely, 

hungry and hurting,

  thirsty and afflicted,

  naked and needy,

  homeless and hopeless,

  sick and suffering,

  captive and oppressed,

  dying and grieving.

Jesus of Nazareth, who lived among us, 

be alive in our midst this day.

Son of David, who envisioned God’s kingdom, 

may we be part of your kingdom come.

Rabbi and Teacher, who shared the Spirit’s wisdom, 

nurture us in your Way.

Healer, who brought wholeness and health, 

restore our integrity and faith.

*Icon: https://www.stmarysregina.ca/2018/page/6/*
2 weeks ago

A belated greetings to my American friends on the inaugural National Indigenous People's Day.
You, and Canadians wanting to follow up on our first National Truth and Reconcilation Day, might be interested in the upcoming DOTAC event Exploring the Missing Chapter.
Monday, October 18:
1pm- 3:00 pm Central Daylight Time
or 6pm- 8:00pm Central Daylight Time


“Exploring the Missing Chapter” is an interactive workshop that raises awareness of the nation-to-nation relationship between Indigenous and non-indigenous peoples in the United States. The workshop, utilizing the film “Missing Chapter: How the US Stole Thousands of Native American Children“ (Vox), is designed to increase knowledge about the laws, policies, and programs used during nation building in order to begin conversation about how we can build intercultural bridges together.
The workshop will be led by facilitators from Together Here Ministries of the Northwestern Minnesota Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Send me an email teddodd@live.com and I can add you to the list.
We gratefully acknowledge the grant from the World Council of Churches "Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace" that makes this event possible.
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A belated greetings to my American friends on the inaugural National Indigenous Peoples Day.  
You, and Canadians wanting to follow up on our first National Truth and Reconcilation Day, might be interested in the upcoming DOTAC event Exploring the Missing Chapter.
Monday, October 18:   
 1pm- 3:00 pm Central Daylight Time 
 or 6pm- 8:00pm Central Daylight Time
 

“Exploring the Missing Chapter” is an interactive workshop that raises awareness of the nation-to-nation relationship between Indigenous and non-indigenous peoples in the United States. The workshop, utilizing the film “Missing Chapter: How the US Stole Thousands of Native American Children“ (Vox), is designed to increase knowledge about the laws, policies, and programs used during nation building in order to begin conversation about how we can build intercultural bridges together. 
The workshop will be led by facilitators from Together Here Ministries of the Northwestern Minnesota Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.  Send me an email teddodd@live.com and I can add you to the list.
We gratefully acknowledge the grant from the World Council of Churches Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace that makes this event possible.Image attachment

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