St. Mary Antiracism Working Group 

The Antiracism Working Group seeks racial justice by practicing accompaniment, education and action. As a working group, we seek concrete solutions to confront and dismantle racism in our St. Mary parish community and also collaborate with local organizations and parishes to support each other in this work. We sponsor parish-wide educational events, liturgies and prayer services, and other projects. Learning together, we practice communal prayer and discernment, and encourage each other toward continued conversion through dialogue and reflection. We hope to help create an antiracist St. Mary Student Parish, a Beloved Community in the image of Jesus’s love. 

We are open to all students and resident parishioners and would love to welcome you to our meetings, which currently take place every other Thursday over Zoom at 4 PM. (See below for a schedule of upcoming meetings.) Even if you can’t make the current meeting time or can’t commit to coming regularly, you are still more than welcome to join us in our work. For more information and to get connected, please email Rita Zyber at rzyber@smspnewman.org

PAST WORKING GROUP PROJECTS

  • The 2021 Lenten Big Read over James Cone’s book The Cross and the Lynching Tree invited parishoners to prayerfully read and reflect on racial justice, the Christian life, and the violent and painful legacy of lynching in the United States. 
  • A banner hung on the parish celebrating Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day proclaimed the words of Pope Francis, “We cannot tolerate or turn a blind eye to racism and exclusion in any form and yet claim to defend the sacredness of every human life.”

UPCOMING MEETINGS AND EVENTS

TBA.