A Faith That Does Justice, Inc. (AFTDJ) will host its first Community Meeting of 2018 – “Racism: An Ongoing Dilemma” - in Boston on March 13th. The organization will welcome three members of The Boston Globe’s Spotlight Team – editor Patricia Wen and reporters Akilah Johnson and Liz Kowalczyk - who will focus on what they learned about racism in Boston and the region based on the newspaper’s recent Spotlight series. The Rev. Dr. Gregory Groover of The Historic
Charles Street A.M.E. Church in Roxbury will moderate the discussion. The March 13th event which will be held at The Cathedral Church of Saint Paul in Boston.
In December 2017, The Boston Globe ran a seven-part Spotlight series that highlighted Boston’s continuing struggles to effectively address racism in the region. The series looked at how racism shapes current neighborhoods, the health care system, higher education, and more in Boston and beyond. Patricia Wen, the editor of the Spotlight series, and reporters Akilah Johnson and Liz Kowalczyk will discuss at the event why the Globe undertook the series and what they learned about racism, Boston, and ways the city can improve racial relations.
The Rev. Dr. Gregory G. Groover, Sr., was appointed in 1994 as Pastor of the Historic Charles Street A.M.E. church. A native of Freeport, Long Island, Rev. Dr. Groover graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia and received a Master of Divinity and Master of Social Work from Union Theological Seminary and Columbia University School of Social Work, respectively. He completed his doctoral work at the New York Theological Seminary, where he focused on the strategic development of faith-based educational initiatives by urban African American congregations.
The evening’s discussion will include remarks from AFTDJ founder and director, Peter W. Gyves SJ, MD. AFTDJ seeks to move people to action in confronting injustices in the United States. The goal is to create solidarity among people who very often have little contact in contemporary society – those with wealth, education and privilege, and those who are living in poverty and in threatened vulnerable communities. This Community Meeting, which will include insights on racism and racial reconciliation from an individual who has experienced racial injustice, will help educate participants about racial privilege and ways we can address it as a community.
All are welcome to attend this event. Simultaneous Spanish interpretation of the evening will be provided. Space is limited, so please register at AFTDJ’s website.
About A Faith That Does Justice:
AFTDJ is a unifying, ecumenical program that reaches out to multiple denominations to promote social justice across various races, cultures, religions and sexual orientations. It seeks ways to eliminate social, economic, and racial divides that may separate us, by standing in solidarity with the less fortunate.
There are three components to AFTDJ - workshops; community meetings that focus on the social issues that affect the most vulnerable among us; and, faith in action that emphasizes the works of mercy.
Fr. Peter Gyves is a Jesuit priest and physician who provided health care to some of the poor of El Salvador during that country’s civil war of the 1980’s and early 1990’s. Two years ago, he piloted AFTDJ in San Diego, before moving it to Boston in September 2016 in order to reach out to its diverse population of people, many of whom have recently arrived in the United States. This program focuses on faith lived in action on behalf of the most vulnerable among us. Please visit AFTDJ’s website at www.faith-justice.org