Racial Justice and Cultural Diversity
“You have been told, O mortal, what is good, and what the Lord requires of you; Only to do justice and to love goodness, and to walk humbly with your God." (Mi 6:8)
Belonging | Dignity | Justice
With the recent social unrest and increased divisiveness in our society, Archbishop Paul D. Etienne recognized the need to create an advisory group dedicated to racial justice. He formed a new Racial Justice and Cultural Diversity Commission to guide the archdiocese on issues and initiatives concerning the sin of racism and intercultural competency efforts. The vision for this group is
To foster a Church where racism is not accepted.
Welcome dialog and encounter
Define and use consistent terminology
Create awareness of the issues facing people today
Educate ourselves and our communities
Accompanying those impacted by racism
Develop toolkit for parishes and schools
Create goals and initiatives to address racism in the Church
Open Wide Our Hearts
Archdiocese of Seattle Bishops Speak Out Against Hatred
As interconnected brothers and sisters, made in the image and likeness of God, we implore everyone to respect one another, and honor the dignity of every person.
A Call to Address Racism in Our Hearts
The Catholic bishops of the United States recently issued a pastoral letter against racism entitled Open Wide Our Hearts: The Enduring Call to Love. In this instruction, we call for a conversion of hearts, minds and institutions to address the evils of racism that still exist in our country and communities.
Addressing Racism Resources
This faith formation center provides many tools and resources to help address racism.
USCCB Ad Hoc Committee Against Racism
The USCCB Committee seeks to teach about and witness the intrinsic dignity of the human person as an antidote to the grave sin of racism.