OLL Nonviolence Ministry Strives for Racial Justice

Members of the Nonviolence Ministry attend Rally for Change.

Our Lady of the Lake’s Nonviolence Ministry proudly participated in the Rally for Change on June 11th.  The group fully supports the efforts of Faith in the City to stop racism and stands in solidarity with Black Lives Matter.

The Nonviolence Ministry’s interest in addressing racism began a year ago.  Members wanted to respond to the needs of our neighborhood community in light of our faith.  They began by educating themselves about both the church’s teaching on racism and racism in general.  After reading various documents, articles and books, the group led a parish book discussion of I’m Still Here by Austin Channing Brown.  The author’s experience of racism as a black women in modern American was eye-opening.  Conversations about her book led to a sharing of experiences, attitudes and beliefs, along with a desire to change our personal behavior and to work for structural change.

Moving forward, the Nonviolence Ministry plans to branch out to effect change in the city of Euclid.  It hopes to join in future initiatives sponsored by Faith in the City, including voter registration. The Nonviolence Ministry also plans to pursue opportunities for dialog and policy change to ensure racial equity.  If you are interested in joining the Nonviolence Ministry in its work, please contact the parish office at 216-486-0850.

Beverly Caldwell

Kathy Benda

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Volume 11, Issue 7, Posted 4:52 PM, 07.06.2020