Proclaiming "Advancing Racial Justice Month" this April at PSR

March 13, 2008

On behalf of the Pacific School of Religion community and its Dismantling Racism Committee, I am pleased to announce that we are proclaiming April 2008 as "Advancing Racial Justice Month" on Holy Hill.

We invite all members of the PSR community and our GTU friends and colleagues to embrace the spirit of this occasion and to share your support by participating in the various events and celebrations that will occur throughout the month. These will include a candlelight vigil commemorating the 40th anniversary of the assassination of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. — who is most widely known as an advocate for racial justice, and a champion of social justice and peace for all.

Planning is also underway for a week-long celebration of the life of Archbishop Oscar Romero, the voice of nonviolent liberation theology in El Salvador, who was martyred in 1980. In addition, a number of women across the GTU will be participating in the annual gathering of Pacific, Asian, and North American Asian Women in Theology and Ministry (PANAAWTM) in the first week of April and will be sharing their experiences and recommendations. In addition to your participation, we encourage you to become involved in planning events that celebrate the vision of a racially just PSR community, GTU, and nation.

Watch the PSR Web site for information on upcoming events in celebration of Advancing Racial Justice Month. As you become aware of events being planned across the GTU or are planning something yourself, please send information to weeklycalendar[at]psr[dot]edu.

While this upcoming celebration encompasses a month of activities and events highlighting our movement toward racial justice at PSR, it is important to remember that the vital work of dismantling racism and developing cross-cultural competency is an hour-by-hour, day-by-day, week-by-week, ongoing commitment. Those who do the work of racial and social justice are in it for the long haul, knowing that the end is not yet in sight.

We look forward to your participation in these events and your continued engagement with the vital work of advancing racial justice in our communities and beyond.

William McKinney