Becoming Beloved Community Grant Will Fund Months of Anti-Racism, Social Justice Work

Starting in January, the Partnership Diocese will hold a wide variety of social justice events funded by a Becoming Becoming Beloved Community Grant from the Episcopal Church. All events will be held online, except for the April 4 celebration of the feast of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at the Buffalo History Museum, and every event is free and open to all.

Embodied Peacemaking – The Martin Luther King Day Prayer Vigil
On Monday, January 17 from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. people from across the partnership are invited to join for reflections, music and prayer. Register.

Laudato Si’ – Brown Bag Lunch Series
On Wednesdays in late January through February, people from across the partnership are invited to join a lunchtime discussion group on Laudato Si, Pope Francis’ encyclical on creation care. The group will meet Wednesdays at 12 p.m. from January 26 through February 23. Register.

What is Embodied Anti-racism?
On Saturday, January 29 at 11 a.m. Gabrie’l J. Atchison will facilitate an online discussion about the intersections of social justice activism and somatic therapies.  Register.

All Church Read: See No Stranger: A Memoir and Manifesto of Revolutionary Love
On Friday, February 25 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. the partnership will host a discussion of Valarie Kaur’s book See No Stranger: A Memoir and Manifesto of Revolutionary Love. Participants are asked to read the book before the discussion. Register

Film and Discussion: “Mirrors of Privilege: Making Whiteness Visible”
On Tuesday, March 1 at 6:30 p.m. the partnership will screen “Mirrors of Privilege: Making Whiteness Visible” by World Trust and hold an online discussion of the film afterward. Register

Photo: Tim Wise

An Evening with Tim Wise
On Friday, March 11 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tim Wise, the author of “White Like Me: Race, Racism and White Privilege in America,” will give a talk and take questions.  Register

Community Art Project
Bevin, of Fat Kid Dance Party will lead dance classes followed by a talk on the importance of body acceptance to both faith and the healing processes. The Fat Kid Dance Party classes will be held on February 5 and April 9 at 6 p.m. An Artist Chat with Bevin and the Rev. Dominique C. Atchison will take place Friday, May 13, 6:30 p.m. A Fat Kids Dance Party Showcase featuring participants in the February and April classes will be Saturday, May 14, 6 p.m.  Register for the dance classes.  Register for the Artist Chat.

Martin Luther King Jr.

Interfaith Reflections
The Rev. Dominique C. Atchison, creator and curator of the Anti-Racist Devotional will lead a series of discussions on Mondays, Feb. 21, March 21 and May 23 at 6:30 p.m. Register

Becoming the Beloved Community: A Celebration of the Feast of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
On Monday, April 4th from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m., there will be a panel discussion at the Buffalo History Museum with local community activists reflecting on King’s legacy and the road ahead. This event will be an in-person event. Register.