Observing Juneteenth: An Invitation for Faith Leaders and Clergy

Observing Juneteenth: An Invitation for Faith Leaders and Clergy

May 06, 2022

LIVING THE STORY OF FREEDOM
Observing Juneteenth: An Invitation for Faith Leaders and Clergy
 
Juneteenth happens each June, but what is it? What is its origin, history, and purpose? How can faith leaders incorporate Juneteenth into sacred worship and gatherings in their communities of faith? 
 
Faithful Voices for Racial Justice, a project of Interfaith Alliance of Iowa, invites every faith community across Iowa to join in unity with other Iowa congregations and communities to observe Juneteenth through the intersection of their faith. 
 
Our theme this year is Living the Story of Freedom and our unified focus is during the week of June 12 - 19. It is the week leading up to and includes the celebration of Juneteenth.  
 
We invite you to be part of this united effort in two ways:
 
  1. Take time during worship or your faith gatherings to connect a message from your sacred texts in addressing our nation’s history of slavery, racism and bias, and the urgent work of antiracism. How does your faith inform your community on issues of racism? How can you celebrate the living story of freedom and Juneteenth and use that as a tool to talk about the continued story of our nation’s racism? 
 
  1. Join with faith leaders from across Iowa by attending the online Juneteenth & Faith Leader Conversation sponsored by Faithful Voices for Racial Justice on Wednesday, May 11 from 8:00 - 9:00 a.m. 
 
What will happen during the conversation on Wednesday, May 11? 
  • One of our faith leaders will share the history of Juneteenth
  • We’ll talk about some general ideas for talking about racism in worship or faith gatherings
  • For those who preach or lead a faith community, we will explore sacred texts from your faith tradition that you bring with you and the intersectionality with Juneteenth. 
    • How do people of faith draw from their faith and from sacred text in talking about racism in our nation’s history and the faithful practice of dismantling racism today? 
  • For congregational or faith leaders who do not preach, you can learn about helping your community understand the importance of Juneteenth and antiracism work. 
 
What do you need to do to participate? 
  • Register to attend the conversation. See below.
  • Bring your own sacred text that you plan to use during the week of June 12 -19 in your community. 
  • Give some thought to how this unified focus will work with your worship or faith gathering plans. 
  • Come with your questions and concerns. We'll support one another in this important conversation as we learn and act together.
 
REGISTER TO ATTEND!
May 11, 2022 at 8:00 AM 
Register in advance for this meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUldeCvpjkvGN1RP4YTcC622CZuzgot4JnP  
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
 
 
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