The Reparations Committee is grateful to Emilee Walker-Cornetta of St. Marks Church-in-the-Bowery, NYC for her willingness to share the following Prayer of Apology she wrote in response to the Year of Apology.
Prayer of Apology
By Emilee Walker-Cornetta
St. Mark’s Church in-the-Bowery, NYC
God of truth, we acknowledge the pervasive presences of racism in our country’s origins, in our institutions and politics, in our diocese and its churches, and in our hearts. Some of us are much too familiar with racism’s many violent aggressions. Others of us, particularly White Americans, have at times chosen the false comfort of ignorance over the cost and freedom of truth. For this willful disregard and the harm it has caused, we repent. For the many ways — social, economic, and political — that white supremacy has accrued benefits to some of us at the expense of others, we repent. For the ways that racist ideology has bled into all our hearts and corrupted our minds, we repent. In this Year of Apology, grant us courage to pursue your truth and be found by it, to listen and be heard, and to respond ever more faithfully to your call to justice.