Social Justice


The People of St. Stephen’s Middlebury affirm and work to uphold the vow made at their baptism: to strive for justice and peace among all people, and to respect the dignity of every human being. To deepen our understanding of and our involvement with Racial Justice, the following efforts are encouraged to support Racial Justice in the local Middlebury area and more broadly.


1) Join Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ) – you can find the group on Facebook (SURJ Middlebury). Email Joanna Colwell, to be added to the SURJ email list.


2) Join the Rutland NAACP – Annual dues are $30, $15 for youth. You become a member of the national organization and receive its excellent magazine, THE CRISIS.


3) Find something to read or listen to. This list is comprehensive: If you don’t know where to start, try reading THE WARMTH OF OTHER SUNS, by Isabel Wilkerson; and listening to the podcast Seeing White, produced by Scene on Radio,


4) Pray without ceasing for justice and peace and for the courage to live and work for both.


Look with mercy, O God, upon the people in this land who live with injustice, terror, disease, and death as their constant companions – especially our sisters and brothers who are Black, Indigenous, and People of Color. Have mercy upon us. Help us to eliminate our cruelty to these neighbors. Strengthen those who spend their lives establishing equal protection of the law and equal opportunities for all. And grant that every one of us may enjoy a fair portion of the riches of this land; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Adapted from the Book of Common Prayer, 1979, page 826