Racial Understanding and Equity

What Can We Do? Listen. Learn. Pray. Act.

South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu said, “If you are neutral in times of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor.” We are taking this moment to look at ourselves honestly. Then name and challenge the patterns of racism and bias that have characterized the dominant culture in our nation. We can do this in the ways that we pray and speak and act.

Conversations in the Prayer Garden

Join our conversations in the St. Peter’s Prayer Garden, with physical distancing, on Sunday evenings at 5 pm. There are no requirements  — you do not need to have read any books, seen any movies, or listened to any podcasts. All are welcome. We are all beginners in the work of self-discovery.

Our Study Resources

Waking Up White by Debby Irving

The documentary 13th, available on Netflix. Link to official trailer on YouTube.

How to Be An Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi. Link to 1-hour YouTube video featuring Ibram Kendi on How to Be an Antiracist.

Where Do We Go From Here?, a 2-part YouTube video facilitated by Oprah Winfrey and featuring a panel of American Black leaders. Part 1; Part 2


Responding to the Urgent Need for Racial Reconciliation and Healing: What Can We Do? Listen, Learn, Take Action.

Rev. Sandy Stayner will lead an ongoing book discussion group, which will beginwakingupwhite with Waking Up White, by Debby Irving. The author describes her book: “Waking Up White isthe book I wish someone had handed me decades ago. My hope is that by sharing my sometimes cringe-worthy struggle to understand racism and racial tensions, I offer a fresh perspective on bias, stereotypes, manners, and tolerance.

All are welcome to join us in a discussion in the St. Peter’s Prayer Garden, with physical distancing, on Sunday, June 28, at 5 pm. You do not need to have completed the book to join the discussion. We are all beginners in the work of self-discovery. So we can plan, please let us know via SignUp Genius if you intend to join us.

Waking Up White is sold out on Amazon, but the Kindle version is available. Barnes and Noble website and store locations show the paperback and Nook versions available.



The Corrymeela Community

A prayer in times of violence
God of all humanity
in times of violence
we see how inhuman we can be.
We pray for those who, today,
are weighed down by grief.
We pray for those who, yesterday,
were weighed down by grief.
And the day before,
and all the days before the day before.
We pray, too, for those who help us turn towards
justice and peace.
Turn us all towards justice and peace
because we need it.


O God.  You have made of one blood all the peoples of the earth.
Help us to see your likeness in every person