Rime Social Justice Film Screening-Hale County This Morning

Tuesday, November 19, 2019 at 7:45 PM

In Hale County This Morning, This Evening, Ross offers an inspired and intimate portrait of a place and its people. The film presents Daniel Collins and Quincy Bryant, two young African American men from rural Hale County, Alabama, over the course of five years. Collins attends college in search of opportunity while Bryant becomes a father to an energetic son in an open-ended, poetic form that privileges the patiently observed interstices of their lives. The audience is invited to experience the mundane and monumental, birth and death, the quotidian and the sublime, all of which combine to communicate the region’s deep culture and glimpse the complex ways the African American community’s collective image is integrated into America’s visual imagination.

Rime Center Social Justice – Fall Book Discussion

Tuesday, October 15, 2019 at 7:45 PM

Antiracism is a transformative concept that reorients and reenergizes the conversation about racism—and, even more fundamentally, points us toward liberating new ways of thinking about ourselves and each other. At its core, racism is a powerful system that creates false hierarchies of human value; its warped logic extends beyond race, from the way we regard people of different ethnicities or skin colors to the way we treat people of different sexes, gender identities, and body types. Racism intersects with class and culture and geography and even changes the way we see and value ourselves. In How to Be an Antiracist, Kendi takes readers through a widening circle of antiracist ideas—from the most basic concepts to visionary possibilities—that will help readers see all forms of racism clearly, understand their poisonous consequences, and work to oppose them in our systems and in ourselves. Continue reading

Rime Social Justice Film Screening – Slavery by Another Name

Tuesday, September 17, 2019 at 7:45 PM

Slavery by Another Name is a 90-minute documentary that challenges one of Americans’ most cherished assumptions: the belief that slavery in this country ended with the Emancipation Proclamation. The film tells how even as chattel slavery came to an end in the South in 1865, thousands of African Americans were pulled back into forced labor with shocking force and brutality. It was a system in which men, often guilty of no crime at all, were arrested, compelled to work without pay, repeatedly bought and sold, and coerced to do the bidding of masters. Tolerated by both the North and South, forced labor lasted well into the 20th century. Continue reading

Rime Social Justice Committee partners with The Innocence Project-Missouri

The Social Justice Committee is pleased to announce this fall’s topic study will be wrongful convictions. On September 23rd, The Innocence Project will be in attendance for the Sunday service. On October 16th, the film screening will be Time Simply Passes. The film screening will begin at 7:45. The social justice book title for the fall is Blind Injustice: A Former Prosecutor Exposes the Psychology and Politics of Wrongful Convictions The book will be for sale in the bookstore in September. Discussion of the book will be on November 13th. at 7:45pm. All are welcome to participate.

What do I want to share with my Sangha about Social Justice and Racial Justice?

Reflections by Gabi Otto

Photographed by Mark Berndt

For me, the discussion of social and racial justice is very personal. I grew up in Germany and was born not too long after Hitler’s dream of controlling the world came to an end in 1945. The savage legacy of the Holocaust has taught me the importance of denouncing and calling out injustice whenever and wherever it takes place. It is my responsibility to speak out against racism and injustice and I cannot be silent and turn a blind eye. Imagine how many lives could have been saved, if more people would have had the courage to speak out against the hatred propagated by the Nazis. Imagine how much suffering could have been averted. Continue reading