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In the week after the 100 year commemoration of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre, we are cognizant that much of the talk of racial justice and reconciliation has died down. At Trinity we are dedicated, along with the National Church and the Diocese of Oklahoma, to continuing the work of understanding our nation's legacy of cultural, historic, systemic and institutional racism so that we may actively work toward dismantling racism.
In order to live in to our commitment to be anti-racist, we encourage you to visit a black-owned local bookstore like Fulton Street Bookstore and peruse the shelves for histories and novels that will illuminate local and national history. Titles such as Tulsa 1921: Reporting a Massacre in which we read that the then-rector of Trinity, Rev. Rolfe Crum, blamed the fact that black people could acquire guns, not marauding whites, for the massacre; Angel of Greenwood, an exceptional YA historical-fiction that brings the massacre to life for teens and adults; or Opal's Greenwood Oasis that allows children access to a confusing and upsetting historical event. We must be willing to do the work in order to learn and grow.
When we recite our baptismal covenant, the celebrant asks "Will you strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being?" Our answer is "I will with God's help." Jesus made people uncomfortable with his truths. Sometimes we need to sit with our discomfort in order to hear the voice of God. Thank you for taking this journey with us.
The clergy and staff of Trinity Episcopal Church +