Where Do We Go From Here?
Racial Reconciliation Team Seeks First-person Stories from Vermonters of Color for Diocesan Racial Healing Video Series
In his fourth and final book, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. poses a question crucial to the survival of people in the United States “bound together in a single garment of destiny.” He asks, Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community? Over a half-century later, King’s question remains yet unanswered, as the struggle for dignity and human rights continues unabated.
Today, the Episcopal Church in Vermont’s Racial Reconciliation Team is accepting King’s challenge. The Team is addressing his question boldly, in part by asking people of color within the diocese to lend their voices and stories to a unique video series aimed at racial healing.
The videos, to be produced by Maurice Harris, diocesan communications minister and co-facilitator of the Racial Reconciliation Team, will be included in a resource kit to support the Diocese’s Four-phase Racial Healing Process, which was introduced to clergy last October and has been rolling out to congregations this year.
Harris, who is African American and whose background includes doctoral work in leadership, Martin Luther King Studies and social change, said, “Hearing first-person stories is the first step to acknowledging and understanding what authentic racial healing entails. Our goal with this video series is to explore the local context–to understand what is needed specifically in Vermont and how the Episcopal Church in Vermont can lead authentic change.”
Harris has produced more than 100 videos for the Diocese in the past 18 months including last year’s Many Gifts, One Spirit series, which was a favorite among diocesan Facebook followers, and numerous other videos that can be viewed here: https://vimeo.com/user57750328
To learn more about the racial healing video series, or to participate, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call (802) 451-0249.