Week 10: May 10 2021
UNMC 21-week Racial Equity Challenge
Welcome to the 21-week Racial Equity Challenge
Diversity scholar Dr. Eddie Moore, Jr. [eddiemoorejr.com] created the 21-Day Challenge concept to promote a deeper understanding of race, power, privilege, supremacy, and oppression. The UNMC Department of Medicine has modified this challenge to create a 21-week program in collaboration with the Office of Inclusion. You can subscribe to receive weekly emails with suggested articles, podcasts, and webinars that will help you raise awareness, compassion, understanding, and engagement towards racial equity. You can get a lapel pin from the Office of Inclusion that will represent your commitment towards working towards racial equity and understanding the experience of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color who are your colleagues, friends, patients, and community members Track your progress here.
One Voice: The Story of the Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir. May 6th is the National Day of Prayer and we would like to shed light on interfaith initiatives. This PBS documentary showcases the Oakland interfaith gospel choir, whose mission is to inspire joy and unity among all people through black gospel and spiritual music traditions. The Interfaith movement aims to create cooperative, constructive, and positive interaction between people of different religious traditions and/or spiritual or humanistic beliefs. Gospel music is deeply rooted in the rich traditions of the Black Church and developed during the late 1800s through the fusion of spirituals, hymns, and sacred songs.
Audacious Devotion: Peace and Justice Activist Sandya Jha. In this interfaith podcast series, Reverend Sandhya Rani Jha speaks about the major influences that led her to be an interfaith peace advocate. Recently, she released a new book, “Liberating Love Daily Devotional,” which is steeped in the Christian tradition but intended for people of all faiths. She states, “I feel like the time has come for a devotional that reconnects us to the stories of our spiritual ancestors and gives us some resources to take on empire...and to figure out how to show up for each other in the midst of scary times like these.”
Interfaith dialogue in medicine (nih.gov). A growing interfaith movement is attempting to penetrate barriers that historically have separated religious traditions. The goal of interfaith dialogue is to develop a mutual collaboration addressing moral and ethical issues with a unified voice. It requires both an appreciative understanding of the person as a human being as well as an understanding of that person’s religious or spiritual path. Interfaith faith dialogue includes nonreligious or atheistic philosophies, and it does not view religion or spirituality as either good or bad but as different perspectives.