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

Leadership

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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2 months ago

# **2022 Mondays in September:**
# **A DOTAC Study Series**
# **on the World Council of Churches document**
# **“Called to Transformation:**
# **Ecumenical Diakonia**
# On August 31-September 8, the World Council of Churches will meet in Karlsruhe, Germany. The important document “Called to Transformation: Ecumenical Diakonia” will be presented for discussion. DOTAC has decided to offer an on-line Zoom study group of the report. We have asked three presenters to begin each of our three sessions. All of them will attend the Assembly: Matthew Ross as WCC Staff and editor of the report, Marianne Uri Øverland as representative of DIAKONIA World Federation, and Hyuk Cho as a delegate of the United Church of Canada.

September 12: **Reverend Dr. Matthew Ross**

September 19**: Reverend Marianne Uri Øverland**

September 26: ** Reverend Dr. Hyuk Cho**

To register, send an email to teddodd@live.com

You will be sent a Zoom link closer to the time of the event.

All sessions will last just slightly over an hour and

begin at 1 pm Central Daylight Time.

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# **2022 Mondays in September:**
# **A DOTAC Study Series**
# **on the World Council of Churches document**
# **“Called to Transformation:**
# **Ecumenical Diakonia**
# On August 31-September 8, the World Council of Churches will meet in Karlsruhe, Germany. The important document “Called to Transformation: Ecumenical Diakonia” will be presented for discussion. DOTAC has decided to offer an on-line Zoom study group of the report. We have asked three presenters to begin each of our three sessions. All of them will attend the Assembly: Matthew Ross as WCC Staff and editor of the report, Marianne Uri Øverland as representative of DIAKONIA World Federation, and Hyuk Cho as a delegate of the United Church of Canada.

September 12: **Reverend Dr. Matthew Ross**

September 19**: Reverend Marianne Uri Øverland**

September 26: ** Reverend Dr. Hyuk Cho**

To register, send an email to teddodd@live.com

You will be sent a Zoom link closer to the time of the event.

All sessions will last just slightly over an hour and

begin at 1 pm Central Daylight Time.

(Check an on-line time zone converter for local times.)

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Here is an opportunity you may be interested in.LC† Wise Ones and Wisdom Seekers
Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, Mondays
July 22nd - August 29th

Who is Wisdom?
Throughout the biblical story, this dynamic figure seems to be both human and divine. She is a person we might meet and know, and the symbolic metaphor of all we yearn for. Wisdom embodies all that is good in the essence of how God made us, and she is also elusive, far wiser than we could ever be. In the Wisdom of Solomon, Wisdom becomes identified with Jesus and in other contexts she is associated with Creation.

Join us Fridays through Mondays every weekend from July 22 to August 29, as we delve into the identity and meaning of biblical Wisdom. Along the way we will also explore the wisdom figures of other cultures and traditions. This summer, let's search together for the wisdom that feeds our souls and stirs our hearts into mission. May the wisdom of the Holy Spirit guide us as we go.

(For those who are new to Lutherans Connect devotions, you can find them posted to the Lutherans Connect Facebook page and on Twitter starting July 22nd. Or, write to lutheransconnect@gmail.com and ask to be put on the email list.)

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DOTAC holds a Monthly Prayer Gathering on the first day of every month. Members of the ecumenical and international diaconate join together in this reflective, holy time of shared conversation and prayer.

On even months (e.g. August, October, December) we meet at 5 pm Central Daylight Time; on odd months (e.g. September, November, January) we meet at noon pm Central Daylight Time.

Join us on Monday, August 1 at 5 pm Central Daylight Time.

Send an email to teddodd@live,com to be added to the list.

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DOTAC holds a Monthly Prayer Gathering on the first day of every month.  Members of the ecumenical and international diaconate join together in this reflective, holy time of shared conversation and prayer. 

On even months (e.g. August, October, December) we meet at 5 pm Central Daylight Time; on odd months (e.g. September, November, January) we meet at noon pm Central Daylight Time.

Join us on Monday, August 1 at 5 pm Central Daylight Time.

Send an email to teddodd@live,com to be added to the list.

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