Three Episcopal Church in Vermont parishes hosted simulcast screenings of the 2016 Trinity Institute entitled, “Sacred Conversations for Racial Justice: Listen for a Change” on January 22 and 23.
As part of the Trinity Institute programming, the Cathedral Church of St. Paul, Burlington and First Congregational Church, Burlington hosted a panel of local experts on racism in Chittenden County and in Vermont. Panel members included:
- Hal Colston, Director of Neighborkeepers and 2014 Burlington Free Press Vermonter of the Year
- Dr. Sylvia Perry, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychological Science at UVM, and author of many papers on issues related to racism and bias awareness
- Wanda Hines, Executive Director of the Joint Urban Ministry Project (JUMP), and community activist
The panel was introduced by Cathedral Deacon Stannard Baker and moderated by Sally May, Interim Associate Pastor at First Congregational Church. The video, which can be streamed or downloaded, is an engaging, moving and rich resource for any Vermont parish looking to start a conversation about racial justice with a particular eye toward looking at our experiences in this state and our role as faith leaders.