Sisters Approve Corporate Stance
Commit to Becoming Anti-Racist
The Dominican Sisters of Sinsinawa announce the approval of a corporate stance for Anti-Racism. A corporate stance is a public statement which is the result of prayer, study, reflection and discussion by members of the Congregation. It is taken in regard to an issue of human concerns, Gospel values, and/or societal systems.
In announcing the approval by the Sisters of the corporate stance, Prioress Toni Harris, OP, stated, “The pandemic sin of racism continues to require our consistent resistance and our commitment to transformation.” Our work for justice is an integral part of our identity as Dominican Sisters of Sinsinawa. This corporate stance joins nine other corporate stances taken by the Congregation since 1986 on issues such as care of Earth, ending human trafficking, immigration reform, opposing the death penalty, and halting the use of nuclear weapons.
CORPORATE STANCE FOR ANTI-RACISM
Leaders of our Church in the United States of America have proclaimed racism as a sin that blots out the image of God among specific members of the human family (Brothers and Sisters to Us). Twenty years ago, building on previous efforts, Dominican Sisters of Sinsinawa formally committed themselves to become an Anti-Racist congregation. Today, standing with Communities of Color across the United States, we join with all those dedicated to eradicating institutional racism and the belief system of White supremacy.
We will live this by:
▪ to encourage and bring about the Anti-Racist transformation of the Dominican Sisters of Sinsinawa;
▪ to remove language, attitudes, assumptions, and behaviors within ourselves that offend
the dignity of others;
▪ to create positive, informed conversations with a strong bias toward action that introduce and sustain Anti-Racist ways of living;
▪ to stand up and speak the truth in the presence of racism;
▪ to recognize and change structures that support institutional racism and White supremacy; and
▪ to pray intentionally for justice and healing among all people.
Advocating for legislation which
▪ Affirms civil rights for all and eliminates discrimination based on race, and
▪ Promotes just and fair access to housing, education, health care, employment, financial services, and voting rights.
Contributing to dialogue on the local, regional, and national level to create energy toward positive change.