Racial Justice Ministries

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Racial Justice
Ministries

No one is free until we are all free.

About RJM
co·con·spir·a·tor
co·con·spir·a·tor
(way of life) | to be an agent of change who disrupts and challenges ideologies and systems of oppression, driven by a love for and belief in the transformative power of the Beloved Community
(way of life) | to be an agent of change who disrupts and challenges ideologies and systems of oppression, driven by a love for and belief in the transformative power of the Beloved Community

Racial Justice Ministries at Scarritt Bennett Center seeks to create a world that eradicates white supremacy and its acts of racism. We aim to shift the narrative of racial justice from white allyship to diving deeper into the work of becoming co-conspirators, who dedicate our lives to the work of justice and therefore welcome the struggle.

Racism is not a BIPOC issue. Racism is a human issue. It is primarily the work of white people to dismantle white supremacy in white spaces; it is the work of BIPOC people to heal from racial trauma. Together, the work of the community is to create a new norm, a new society, a new way of being in community that reflects life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness for all. But before we get there, we need reflection, confession, repentance, reparation, and finally reconciliation.

That is the work of a co-conspirator.

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It is the work of white people

to dismantle white supremacy in white spaces and white communities.

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It is the work of BIPOC people

to heal from the trauma and culture of racism in BIPOC communities with a generational impact.

IT IS THE WORK OF WHITE PEOPLE
to dismantle white supremacy in white spaces and white communities.

IT IS THE WORK OF BIPOC PEOPLE
to heal from the trauma and culture of racism in BIPOC communities with a generational impact.

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Five Tenets of Racial Justice Ministries
Convener
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We serve as host for summits, conferences, trainings, facilitated conversations, town halls, community meetings, and retreats as we create sacred space for teaching and dialogue virtually and in person.

Catalyst
CATALYST
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As a historically white institution, we serve as a co-conspirator to women of color who want to start nonprofit and/or not-for-profit organizations by offering access and resources to support their launch, success, and sustainability.

Collaborator
COLLABORATOR
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Big or small, we work with local and national organizations with shared values to push forward the work of racial justice individually, organizationally, and systemically.

Educator
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As a historically educational institution, we seek to develop innovative curricula that teach groups, non-profit leaders, organizations, and individuals how to be active agents of change.

Storyteller
STORYTELLER
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Amplifying the voices and experiences of the marginalized is a priority in the work of justice. Therefore it is embedded in our work and present in every training, conversation, and workshop. Storytelling is our way.

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About Cherisna
Transition Announcement
CONGRATULATIONS TO REV. CHERISNA JEAN-MARIE, FORMER DIRECTOR OF RACIAL JUSTICE MINISTRIES

Rev. Cherisna Jean-Marie, Director of Racial Justice Ministries at Scarritt Bennett Center, has accepted a new position as Director of Leadership Development and Organizing for the Children’s Defense Fund. Her last day with Scarritt Bennett Center will be Friday, June 4. While we are sorry to lose her leadership, we are thrilled for her to pursue this wonderful opportunity with such an esteemed national organization.

In just two years, Rev. Jean-Marie built a strong network and foundation upon which we can continue our racial justice work. From on site to online, she has led us into new opportunities and understandings in the work of racial justice. She will be greatly missed by both Scarritt Bennett Center and the Nashville community.

Please join Scarritt Bennett Center in congratulating Rev. Cherisna Jean-Marie and wishing her many blessings as she sets out on this new endeavor!

– Sarah Wilke, Executive Director

Cherisna smiles at the camera while sitting in church pews