As the United States and Georgetown University prepare to commemorate Juneteenth on June 19, talk of “racial reckoning” has too often given way to business as usual or worse. This online dialogue will seek to help shift national and ecclesial discussion and action to focus more directly and consistently on the belief that we are all made in the image and likeness of God, a belief that compels us to love our neighbors as ourselves (Matthew 12:31). Building the Beloved Community: Addressing Racial Injustice and Finding Ways Forward will explore our moral obligations in our work for racial, economic, and criminal justice reform, and what our priorities should be in Washington, DC, the nation, and faith communities.
The participants will explore questions such as:
- What steps must we take to respond to our history of racial injustice?
- In the wake of so many killings of Black Americans at the hands of law enforcement, what have we learned and where have we failed?
- Why is there so often indifference to the murder of individuals in the custody of police officers?
- How and why do poverty, environmental harm, and mass incarceration disproportionately affect people of color?
- How do we move the discussion forward in our Catholic community to more effectively address racial injustice?
Kimberly Mazyck (SFS’90), associate director of the Initiative, will moderate the conversation.