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Bridges, June 4, 2021

JPIC Committee Anti-Racism Project

St. Francis Xavier Church in NYC joins people in our country and around the world in a commitment to racial justice and created this PLEDGE. 

With their permission, I offer part of it in BRIDGES for your reading and reflection as we address this issue in our Province.  - Sr. Kathleen Scanlon RJM

ANTI-RACIST PLEDGE

  • Do you support justice, equity and compassion in human relations?  
  • Do you affirm that white privilege is unfair and harmful to those  who have it and to those who do not?
  • Do you affirm that white privilege and the culture of white  supremacy must be dismantled wherever it is present?    
  • Do you support racial equity, justice, and liberation for every person?
  • Do you affirm the inherent worth and dignity of every person?

Therefore, from this day forward…

  • Will you strive to understand more deeply the injustice and suffering white privilege and white supremacy cause?
  • Will you commit to help transform our church culture to one that is       actively engaged in seeking racial justice and equity for everyone?
  • Will you make a greater effort to treat all people with the same respect you expect to receive?
  • Will you commit to developing the courage to live your beliefs and values of racial justice and equality?
  • Will you strive daily to erase racial prejudices from your thoughts and   actions so you can better promote the racial justice  efforts of our Church?
  • Will you renew and honor this pledge daily knowing that our Church, our community and our world will be better places because of our efforts?
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