As Dominicans of Sinsinawa we are committed to working for justice. One of our main goals is to become an antiracist, multicultural congregation. Many of us have participated in intense workshops sponsored by Cross Roads, an educational organization that supports and guides people and organizations that are striving to become antiracist. We made our formal commitment at our Chapter in 2000.
Each month I take part in an antiracist caucus group. There are five of us in my group. There are probably 15 caucus groups with 5-8 participants. We’ve shared our own personal stories of racism and have been significantly changed in the process. We come to know in a deeper way the influence of racism in our American culture of white privilege. Each caucus group communicates its monthly dialog on the internet so we can all benefit from the wisdom of one another.
Personally I continue to caucus because I want to and need to become more antiracist. It is not easy to admit that racism exists in me, in my sisters, in my church. I can see it in our society. In my ministy with the people of St. Sabina Faith Community in Chicago, an African American Catholic parish with a school I learned about the effects of racism first-hand. I am changed for good. Our members who are women of color are courageous faith-filled witnesses who make a difference in my life and in our congregation.
I have had many opportunities to listen, learn, and be transformed. I realize that I am not alone in this venture. Belonging to our congregation strengthens my personal commitment. I am grateful to be able to join with others who are participating in creating a holy and just church and society.
Consider sharing your life with us.
Mary Therese Johnson, OP