Ignatian Spiritual Life Center
Dear Ignatian Spiritual Life Center Community,

I write to you in mourning. The murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and countless other Black lives have caused untold pain in our community. The social sin of white supremacy at root of this systemic injustice is overwhelming. This story is old, as old as our nation. I'm told by my neighbors in Oakland that they do not need another well-meaning statement. We all have work to do. Whether this conversation has been an ongoing process within us, or whether we enter it for the first time, the need for deep reflection, solidarity, and deliberate action is undeniable.

This inner and outer work of peace, healing, reconciliation and justice is deeply embedded in the core values of our Ignatian tradition and the Universal Apostolic Preference s that guide us.

As Audre Lorde has said, "Life is very short. What we have to do must be done in the now." Now, more than ever, we need to align ourselves with those most in pain and root ourselves firmly in Gospel values and in Catholic Social Teaching, which animate our lives together, teaching us how to be in the world. Who will we be to each other?

The Ignatian Spiritual Life Center affirms that Black Lives Matter . Below, find some starting points for reflection and action. I trust and believe that the Spirit will accompany us, work through us, and bring forth change and renewal. I welcome your reflections, presence and action as we work together.

In peace and in hope,
Grace

Starting Points & Ways to Engage
Friday, June 19, 11 am
333 90th Street, Daly City
Parking Lot, City Hall
Black Lives Matter:
Praying and Working to Create Healthy and Stable Communities
Join Faith in Action Bay Area at Friday's public action to practice solidarity with the Black community. We will pray together, lift up our collective voice, and urge that both San Francisco and San Mateo Counties create moral budgets that invest in our communities' health by funding programs that stabilize housing, jobs, and education, and health, rather than more police or tasers. A stable, healthy community is a safe community!

Juneteenth, celebrated on June 19, is a historic day that honors Black freedom and Black resistance.

Wrestling with Whiteness
Wondering what to do in this moment? Register for the Jesuits West summer training: Wrestling with Whiteness, a space for white-identifying folks to study, share and wrestle with what whiteness means, how it impacts our work as people of faith, and how we can work to actively promote anti-racism. The program is oriented for Ignatian communities, will be grounded in Catholic social teaching, and will be repeated next fall. For more information and to register, click below.

Housing for Henresha
One of the special graces of the pandemic has been hosting Henresha, Jawon, their new baby boy, and their 3 daughters in the Ignatian Spiritual Life Center. The family plans to move into long-term housing in mid-July.

In partnership with Homeless Prenatal Program and PossibleSF,
we are looking for an apartment with 2 bedrooms, 1 bath that's in the $2,800-$3,000/per month range. If you have available housing, please contact Grace
Reading & Resources
The assumptions of white privilege and what we can do...

"Every white person in this country - I do not care what he says or what she says - knows one thing. ... They know that they would not like to be black here. If they know that, they know everythin...

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www.ncronline.org
How can Catholics help lead the fight against racism?

The Covid-19 pandemic has greatly affected people of color across the United States, from disproportionately taking lives in black and Latino communities to fueling racist and xenophobic attacks against Asian Americans. Here in New York, the city ...

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www.americamagazine.org
Faith in Action: Responding to Racial Injustice

As a Catholic network inspired by the spirituality of St. Ignatius of Loyola and the witness of the Jesuit martyrs of El Salvador and their companions, we believe in the dignity of each and every person. We denounce racism in all forms and commit ...

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ignatiansolidarity.net

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