As Catholics, we are part of a wonderfully diverse church, yet it is also one with a history of creating, benefiting from and sustaining racism in our world. In the U.S. and around the world the Church needs to confront its own history of colonialism and racism, otherwise we knowingly and unknowingly perpetuate structures of injustice. Call To Action strives to confront these structures within our own organization and to help others to recognize and break down structures of racism in their own communities.
Call To Action is committed to recognizing and breaking down the structures of racism and oppression within our own organization and the communities we are a part of. This work is challenging and slow but we can not move towards the kingdom of God if it doesn’t include all the children of God.
Racial Justice has been included in Call To Action’s stated priorities since our founding, but in 2004 we looked around and noticed that the predominance of White faces in our group was the symptom of structures of oppression so deeply entrenched in our society that we had unintentionally perpetuated them. Since then, with the help of our Anti-Racism Team, Call To Action has been working to recognize and challenge these structures to create a welcoming space for all Catholics. This work touches all parts of our mission, from the inner workings of Board elections to the choice of campaign strategies and conference themes. Recognizing our own internalized privileges and oppressions and combating the racism we’ve been taught by our society is work that never ends, but we are confident that it is of utmost importance in our goal of creating a more just Church and world, where everyone’s voices, experiences and gifts are celebrated.
While anti-racism work can only start with ourselves, examining the world through the lens of anti-racism inevitably leads us to notice the many structures of oppression within our own Church. Our Church is colorful and diverse, but by not confronting its own role in the history of colonialism and slavery, the institutional Church and its members perpetuate the structures of racism. Sundays also continue to be a segregated part of the week for many U.S. Catholics; we support our members in creating parish communities that feature more intentionally welcoming liturgies that celebrate the diversity of the catholic experience and encourage intercultural interactions. Our own racial justice work is ever evolving and it touches all areas of our Just Church campaign.
(Excerpted from http://cta-usa.org).
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