Join us online and in-person with Tampa Councilman Luis Viera, Rep. Fentrice Driskell, the Hyde Park United Methodist Justice Team and the Tampa/Hillsborough Equal Justice Initiative Coalition for a timely discussion on the connection of faith and racial justice. Together, a diverse coalition of leaders will facilitate a conversation commemorating and remembering our painful racial history.
We will have representatives from mainline Protestant, evangelical, Roman Catholic, Jewish and Muslim faith traditions, including:
- The Rev. Dr. Glenn B. Dames, Jr., Senior Pastor, Allen Temple AME Church, Tampa
- Pastor Christopher J. Harris, Executive Pastor, Crossover Church, Tampa
- Rabbi Jason Rosenberg, Congregation Beth Am, Tampa
- Deacon Scott Paine, St. Mark the Evangelist Catholic Church, Tampa
- A representative from Muslims for Democracy and Fairness, Tampa
In-person Event: Gather in person, socially-distanced with event hosts and panelists at the Hyde Park United Methodist campus. RSVP to attend in-person experience
Virtual Event: RSVP to attend virtual event
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The holidays are here – a season of love. But how can we love our neighbors when the city is so divided?
The summer of 2020 ushered in a new era of truth and advocacy that confronts our country’s history of racial discrimination and injustice. Beginning with the “Tampa Technique,” a documentary film about Tampa’s Central Avenue business, a conversation began about the need for a new social justice movement in our time. The dialogue that began there continues with this new event.
Lift Every Voice is a virtual storytelling event you won’t miss!
Storytelling can be a powerful tool in building bridges to our lived experiences. These stories will teach us to:
- Be better advocates for racial justice
- Be better allies to all people of color
- Know better and do better
Courageous conversations validate the lived experiences of injustice and discrimination of people in our lives and in our communities.
These are our friends and neighbors in Tampa Bay. They are people we love, in the city we love. Together, we can make this a better place and life for all.
The event, presented by The Justice Ministry of Hyde Park United Methodist, is free and open to the public. Please pre-register.
Sponsored by Hyde Park’s Justice Ministry
The summer of 2020 ushered in a new era of truth and advocacy that confronts our country’s history of racial discrimination and injustice.
Our Justice Team started a local conversation with a public screening of the documentary the “Tampa Technique.”
Now it’s time to have a deeper conversation that will go beyond the history of the film. We will take this opportunity to ask thought-provoking questions of our panelists and spur our community into public action. For more info contact Chalette@theportico.org.
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PASTORAL WORD AND PRAYER
In Witness against Systemic Racism
May 31, 2020
“EVERY PERSON HAS THE RIGHT TO BREATHE”
A Statement Shared by Magrey deVega during worship on May 31, 2020
We acknowledge yet another tragic act of violence committed against a person of color in this country. The victim’s name was George Floyd. We speak aloud his name because his life mattered. We speak his name because the evil of systemic racism continues to poison our society, and we confess our complicity in allowing it to persist. We speak his name, because it’s not enough to not be racist; we must also be anti-racism. We speak his name, because on a day when we hear the words of Psalm 150 and Acts 2, when God says, “Let everything that has breath praise the Lord,” and when the Holy Spirit descends like the breath of the wind, we affirm that black and brown lives matter, and that every person has the right to breathe.
On this Pentecost Sunday, when we celebrate the baptism of the Holy Spirit, we remember our baptismal vows require us to resist evil, injustice, and oppression, in whatever forms they present themselves. This is our calling. May it be so.
A PRAYER OF CONFESSION AND JUSTICE
God of Pentecost,
You send us your Holy Spirit, who “helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but that very Spirit intercedes with sighs too deep for words.” We struggle for words in the wake of more evidence of how broken we are by injustice and inequality. You give voice to our sighs in the form of names – Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd – and countless others.
Forgive us, Lord, for failing to hear their voices unless their stories were video recorded.
Forgive us, Lord, for the prejudice that is in our own hearts, and the failure to stand up to racial bias and white supremacy where we see it.
Forgive us, Lord, for the racism in our economic, political, and social systems which poisons our communities and inhibits human flourishing, and our complicity in allowing it to persist.
Forgive us, Lord, for being more inclined to speak over and through our differences with others, rather than listening and leaning into them.
As we see the anger spilling into our streets and rising into the air, stifle our temptation to silence the voices of the unheard. Grant protection to all your people in public demonstrations across the country and let the messages of lament and the calls for justice linger long after the dust settles.
God, we pray that in the wake of such heartbreak, a new dawn will rise. One in which each of us take action as individuals, as communities, and as your church. Break down the walls in our hearts and in our own ignorance, that we may break down the walls among the oppressed. Show us all the ways, both private and public, to confront racism and eradicate its presence on this earth.
May your compassion and mercy guide and empower us, for the living of these days.
In Jesus’ name,
Note: Photo courtesy of the Rev. Anita Mays.