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SPIRITUAL LIFE COMMITTEE

Mission Statement
The Spiritual Life committee will provide opportunities to enhance the spiritual life of all the residents of Goodwin House Bailey's Crossroads.

The Committee will disseminate information from all faith traditions regarding programs offered at GHBC.

Objectives include:

  1. To plan and organize programs for seasons such as Lenten and Advent programs
  2. To plan the annual "Senior Quest for Meaning" lecture series
  3. To be available to provide resources to ongoing groups of a spiritual nature
  4. To propose new groups as needed.

In carrying out its responsibilities, the Committee will accept and evaluate suggestions, proposals, and make recommendations, as it deems appropriate, to Administration and the Resident Council.

Becoming Anti-Racist

The Spiritual Life Committee wants to support the GH mission while helping residents understand the current cultural upheavals over racism. Over the next year, the Committee and its Senior Quest for Meaning subcommittee will be offering a number of opportunities to explore the topic of becoming an anti-racist.

We began with two panel discussions.

  • The first was developed with CEO Rob Liebreich. The panel consisted of Mr. Liebriech, Ms. Tammy Mann, President/CEO of Campagna Center in Alexandria and member of the GHI Board, and Tony Tambasco, committee chair. Conversation addressed a wide range of topics around the atmosphere here for persons of color, both residents and staff. Mr. Liebreich and Ms. Mann agreed that they would be working on making GH more welcoming for all. Click HERE
  • The second was made up of residents Marietta Tanner (who moderated the discussion) and Nancy Randolph and staff members Beth Robinson (Member Services Facilitator with GHAH) and Theresa Thomas (Director of Environmental Services for GHI), and Edrees Bridges (former CPE student). All African American, these panelists discussed their childhood, education, and background, noting the many challenges they faced. They commented on the GH atmosphere, noting that while it is generally hospitable, there were often micro-aggressions. Ms. Thomas shared that some residents have described housekeeping staff members as “my girl.” Dr. Randolph told about how, soon after she moved in, residents would encounter her on an elevator and ask her what her job here was. Click HERE

Note: Neither panel is to be shared outside of Goodwin House.

Members of the Spiritual Life Committee have collected lists of resources -- books, videos, articles -- that residents may find helpful. We hope these lists serve as a starting place for our learning. We can’t each read everything, but this list can suggest places to start. We have started with articles that we have read that resonated or taught us something. They are a shorter way to start our efforts. We also include videos and books. Each of us takes in information differently. The lists are incomplete but represent a good starting place.  Books. Articles. Videos.

In August, we will begin discussions of the history of racist ideas in America as presented by Ibram X. Kendi. Readers choose between two versions of the history: 

  • Stamped From the Beginning: the Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America by Ibram X. Kendi, 600+ pages
  • Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You: A Remix of Stamped from the Beginning (above) by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi, 300+ pages

 

 

 

 

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