EmbRace Justice

Our mission statementThe St. Elizabeth EmbRace Justice Ministry feels called to open our ears, hearts, and minds to walk humbly with our brothers and sisters of color in living out our baptismal commitment as disciples of Jesus Christ. Our mission is to address racism through education, self-awareness, understanding, solidarity, and advocacy for racial justice.

We periodically organize other events and opportunities for involvement. We will post these in the bulletin and notify our group by e-mail. If interested in participating in the EmbRace Justice Ministry, or if you have ideas to share as to how we as a Parish can become more involved in addressing racial justice issues, please ask to be added to our e-mail group by emailing Dcn. Mike McLean.

What's Happening in Our Ministry

February is Black History Month

This month, our EmbRace Justice Ministry will share information each week, highlighting a Black author who was influential both in literature and the formation of the America we have today.

Maya Angelou (1928-2014), inspired countless people during her lifetime, passing away in 2014 at the age of 86. Through her poetry, essays, plays, films, and civil rights activism, Ms. Angelou’s tremendous impact is still felt widely today. Ms. Angelou was brilliant at many things, but her ability to harness the power of words to inspire people was a truly remarkable feat. She was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the country’s highest civilian honor, in 2010.

Learn more about this remarkable woman.



James Baldwin (1924–1987), was a prolific thinker, writer, civil rights activist and outspoken observer of race relations in American culture. He is best known for his semi-autobiographical novels and plays that center on race, politics, and sexuality. In addition to novels, including Notes of a Native Son and If Beale Street Could Talk, he had other forms of creative expression writing poetry and screenplays, including treatments for the Autobiography of Malcolm X that later inspired Spike Lee’s feature film, Malcolm X (Amazon Prime Video). 

Learn more about James Baldwin


Kevin Willmott (1959 - ), is an Academy Award Winning American film director and screenwriter known for work focusing on Black issues. He was born in Junction City, KS and is a film and media instructor at KU. His films include writing and directing Ninth Street, C.S.A.: The Confederate States of America, and Bunker Hill. Willmott collaborated with Spike Lee winning the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay for BlacKkKlansman.

Read more about Kevin Willmott


Amanda Gorman (1998 - ) is the youngest inaugural poet in U.S. history, as well as an award-winning writer and cum laude graduate of Harvard University. At President Biden’s inauguration 22-year-old Ms. Gorman recited her stirring poem “The Hill We Climb” and was immediately thrust into the national spotlight catapulting her career. Born and raised in Los Angeles, she began writing at only a few years of age. She has performed multiple commissioned poems and she has spoken at events and venues across the country, including the Library of Congress and Lincoln Center. She has received a Genius Grant from OZY Media, as well as recognition from Scholastic Inc., YoungArts, the Glamour magazine College Women of the Year Awards, and the Webby Awards. Read more about Amanda Gorman



Join Us for EmbRace Justice Ministry-led Stations of the Cross this Lent

In recognition of Black History Month, Stations of the Cross will be led by members of our EmbRace Justice Ministry on the following Fridays in Lent:

              Friday, February 16, at 4:30pm

              Friday, February 23, at 4:30pm

The prayer at each Station will recognize an injustice suffered by our Black sisters and brothers.

Please come pray this Lenten tradition with us.


The Land Is Not Our OwnJust Faith Series

Thursdays, March 7 April 25 at 2pm in Seton Hall

Spaces are filling up! The EmbRace Justice Ministries of St. Elizabeth and St. Francis Xavier are partnering to offer a JustFaith Ministries program called The Land Is Not Our Own: Seeking Repair Alongside Indigenous Communities. The Land Is Not Our Own consists of nine meetings exploring the injustices to our Indigenous sisters and brothers and how we can be allies for them. We will meet Thursday afternoons from 2:00pm to 4:00pm in Seton Hall starting March 7. 

The cost for each participant is from $35 to $75 (depending on ability to pay), plus the purchase of two books we will reference throughout the sessions that total about $30. Don’t let cost be a factor; there are scholarships. Contact Doug Kinney ([email protected]) for questions or if you are interested in joining.

Learn More About this Just Faith Series


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