DOTAC Racial Justice Group

Thursday, June 17 and Thursday, July 15 Noon—1:30 p.m. Central Daylight Time

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 journey continues in June and July.

This is not just an information exchange or book study. Participants were asked to be prepared to do emotional work and to name places in their context where they can take action.

Registration is free. To register for any of this program send an email to teddodd@live.com

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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**Sunday, June 20, 2021**



*Mark 4: 35-41*

On that day, when evening had come, Jesus said to them,

“Let us go across to the other side.”

And leaving the crowd behind, they took him with them in the boat, just as he was.

Other boats were with him.

A great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat,

so that the boat was already being swamped.

But he was in the stern, asleep on the cushion; and they woke him up and said to him,

“Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?”

He woke up and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea,

“Peace! Be still!”

Then the wind ceased, and there was a dead calm.

He said to them,

“Why are you afraid? Have you still no faith?”

And they were filled with great awe and said to one another,

“Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?”

Prayer

Brother Jesus,

let us go to the other side,

Let us step away from the conventional and the expected.

Let us move toward

transformation and transition,

conversion and change.

In these moments of prayer and reflection,

let us set our course toward that which is:

most important,

most meaningful, and

most faithful.



(Silence.)

Crucified One,

storms do arise in our lives.

Waves do crash in our communities.

Winds do rage in our world.

Poverty and pollution persist.

Violation and greed continue.

Racism and homophobia reek havoc.

We pray for the tempests and troubles.

Resurrected One,

we can be afraid,

of disapproval and disappointment,

of rejection and failure,

of illness and death.

Once again, please, wake up.

Rise and rebuke the wind.

Speak to the sea.

Bring the storms in us, and on this planet, to silence.

Centre us in your divine peace.

Ground the globe in your sacred stillness.

(Silence)

Lord of Wind and Wave,

who are you?

You do not let the demons have dominion.

You turn chaos into creation.

You have the authority of the ages,

without power games,

without coercive control,

without elaborate ego and display.

Rather you put faith,

in the vision and way of non-domination and non-violence,

in the realm of God’s good news,

in hope and kin-dom of heaven.

And you do not leave us alone on the peril of the sea.

Praise be.



*Photo by Breno Machado on Unsplash*
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**Sunday, June 20, 2021**

 

*Mark 4: 35-41*

On that day, when evening had come, Jesus said to them, 

“Let us go across to the other side.” 

And leaving the crowd behind, they took him with them in the boat, just as he was. 

Other boats were with him. 

A great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat, 

so that the boat was already being swamped. 

But he was in the stern, asleep on the cushion; and they woke him up and said to him, 

“Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?” 

He woke up and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, 

“Peace! Be still!” 

Then the wind ceased, and there was a dead calm. 

He said to them, 

“Why are you afraid? Have you still no faith?” 

And they were filled with great awe and said to one another, 

“Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?”

Prayer

Brother Jesus,

 let us go to the other side,

 Let us step away from the conventional and the expected.

 Let us move toward 

transformation and transition, 

conversion and change.

In these moments of prayer and reflection,

 let us set our course toward that which is:

most important, 

most meaningful, and 

most faithful.

 

(Silence.)

Crucified One,

 storms do arise in our lives.

 Waves do crash in our communities.

 Winds do rage in our world.

Poverty and pollution persist.

Violation and greed continue.

Racism and homophobia reek havoc.

We pray for the tempests and troubles.

Resurrected One,

 we can be afraid,

 of disapproval and disappointment,

 of rejection and failure,

 of illness and death.

Once again, please, wake up.

 Rise and rebuke the wind.

 Speak to the sea.

 Bring the storms in us, and on this planet, to silence.

 Centre us in your divine peace.

 Ground the globe in your sacred stillness.

 (Silence) 

Lord of Wind and Wave,

 who are you?

 You do not let the demons have dominion.

 You turn chaos into creation.

 You have the authority of the ages,

 without power games,

 without coercive control,

 without elaborate ego and display.

 Rather you put faith,

in the vision and way of non-domination and non-violence,

in the realm of God’s good news,

in hope and kin-dom of heaven.

And you do not leave us alone on the peril of the sea.

Praise be.

 

*Photo by Breno Machado on Unsplash*
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For Iowa clergy session, we shared a briefer version of our video featuring a poem "The Deacon's Call: For Such a Time as Now" by Rev. Kennette Lawrence Thomas, a deacon in the Western NC Conference, used with permission. Here is the video:
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