After the summer of 2020 and the murder of Ahmad Arbury, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd, the Metro DC Synod staff were compelled to lean into the discomfort of listening and learning from Black voices, that we might lead most effectively and faithfully. We are intentional about using the word “discomfort” to describe how it feels to listen and learn from Black voices because the truth we hear from these raw and prophetic voices often cause listeners to squirm with discomfort.
During Black History month (February), all are invited to engage with Resmaa Menakem’s “My Grandmother’s Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies”. We have set up a proposed reading plan including scriptural and devotional suggestions and will be posting weekly reflections every Sunday from the synod staff throughout the month of February. You can review these materials, along with a message from Bishop Ortiz at the link below.