Listening to American Muslim women
UCUCC congregants showed up in a big way for racial justice in the last month. Over 40 of us traveled to Redmond and spent much of a Saturday at a mosque to hear American Muslim women tell stories about their faith, what the hijab means to them if they choose to wear it, and their experiences with hate and persecution.
A fabulous lunch was served and we were able to tour the mosque and participate in prayers. Thanks to Aneelah Afzali, Executive Director of MAPS-AMEN (Muslim Association of Puget Sound) and our own Professor Kimberly Segall of Seattle Pacific University for coordinating such an informative, love-filled event.
Lenten Book Circles
In addition to the mosque visit, 8 groups (including two online groups and one men’s group) participated in the Lenten book study of Drew Hart’s Trouble I’ve Seen: Changing the Way the Church Views Racism.
Harts’ provocative book has prompted many of us to question whether true Christianity has been subverted by white supremacy, and challenges us to live up to our faith by allying ourselves with the oppressed.
The work continues this month:
Let’s Hear From You
The Racial Justice Action Team has been working together for three years to raise awareness of issues of racial justice among the members of our community. Congregants were trained to become racial justice facilitators, and then hosted many workshops; staff and lay leaders received training, and race issues were the focus of two of our last three years at Seabeck.
Now we would like to hear from our church community about how you feel about the work of becoming an anti-racist church.
Follow >> this link to the survey, or visit our table in the Narthex through May 12. We’d love to hear from as many people as possible!