The mission of Wade in the Water: A Ministry for Racial Justice is to deepen our connections and solidarity as a community across race and ethnicity; to raise awareness of and interrupt racism; and to take action on important causes related to racial justice within and beyond the Grace Church community.
“Wade in the Water” was one of the spirituals sung on the Underground Railroad, guiding enslaved people to liberation and freedom. In the Spiritual it says: Wade in the water/ wade in the water, children/wade in the water/God’s gonna trouble the water.
Black History Month at Grace Episcopal Church
- Sunday, February 5: Why Wade in the Water? Adult Forum
Join us at 9:30 am to participate in a panel discussion and learn more about the mission and goals of the new ministry at Grace, “Wade in the Water: A Ministry for Racial Justice.” Hear about how Grace is in a unique position to address racial injustices, and the work that we need to do as individuals and a congregation to tackle one of America’s original sins. Childcare will be provided.
- Sunday, February 5: Kick-off from the Pulpit
Join us at both the 8:00 am and the 10:30 am services to hear directly from Reverend Andrew Walter about the importance of addressing racial injustices and the call from the church to tackle racism and oppression.
- Friday, February 10: Sharing Your Story Potluck
Join us from 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm in the Undercroft. Come prepared to talk about stories from your childhood, and reflect on how you were taught about or recognized race. Please bring a dish according to the first letter of your last name: A-H: Salad or Drink, I-R: Side Dish, S-Z: Dessert
- Saturday, February 25: Comfort in Discomfort Potluck
Join us from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. in the Undercroft. Come prepared to talk about how you address racism, both individual and systemic, on a day-to-day basis, or how you avoid addressing racism. Please bring a dish according to the first letter of your last name: A-H: Salad or Drink, I-R: Side Dish, S-Z: Dessert
During February, members of the Youth Group will be reading and discussing Rep. John Lewis’ graphic novel March.
During February, children in Sunday School will be exploring the discipleship, fellowship and Christian leadership of individuals involved in America’s struggle for civil rights.