The transfiguration is the literal depiction of how love, personified in Jesus, rises above the limitations of the law, and removes the veil of political correctness, racial tolerance, indifference, race, religion, gender, and all the other things that influence the way we view and treat ‘other’ people. That, dear sisters and brothers in Christ, is the connection between Jesus’ transfiguration and the stories we tell during Black History Month.
The shameful history of racism against Black people in the Worldwide Anglican Church is well documented. The Anglican Church was part of the oppressive colonial government institutions and made no attempt prior to the early to mid-19th century to declare abhorrence of slavery and racial discrimination. It was only in 2006, less than 20 years ago, that the Anglican Church through the Archbishop of Canterbury finally faced the truth of its history and issued a formal apology for the role it played in slavery and the consequent oppression of Black people in the Caribbean.
As social institutions take steps to dismantle systemic racism and the divisions it has created and perpetuates, the Church must also embark on the difficult journey of self-examination to determine how it has disenfranchised groups based on their race, and how systemic racism is perpetuated whether intentionally or unintentionally, within its structures and structural practices.
Approximate reading time: 20 minutes The following is the text of a sermon delivered by Camille N. Isaacs-Morell on 19 February 2017 at the Anglican Parish of St. Andrew and St. Mark, Dorval, Québec, Canada. Today we are celebrating Black History Month and the sacrament of Holy Baptism. Both these events cause us to focusContinue reading “Identity, Inclusion and Love – Thoughts on Baptism and Black History Month”