Alban’s Anti-Racism Team (StAART)
St. Alban’s Anti-Racism Team (StAART)
I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another.
- John 13:34
StAART is a group of parishioners at St. Alban’s seeking to foster God’s Beloved Community through dismantling racism in our church, community, and ourselves.
StAART was formed in 2020 following a discussion of the Book Living Into God’s Dream: Dismantling Racism in America, edited by Dr. Catherine Meeks. Since the group began, we’ve read several more books together. We have also shared poems, articles, videos & films with each other. We have spent a lot of time looking inward and wrestling with internal racism and white supremacy.
In 2021, the vestry voted to make StAART a formal ministry of the parish. We intend to continue our internal reflection, while at the same time, turning our attention to racial reckoning, justice, and building the Beloved Community in our church and wider community.
We acknowledge that the current congregation of St. Alban’s is predominately white, but we very much want to become a church that reflects the beautiful diversity of God’s people. We will, at times, make mistakes and fall short of our ideals, but we are committed to staying on the journey, and we invite you to join us.
All are welcome to join StAART. Meetings are typically held on the fourth Sunday of the month following the 10:30 a.m. service. Please check the church newsletter and the StAART website for updates.