Women Unite to Promote Racial Healing

Women uniting together to seek reconciliation. Source: Christian Chronicle

A group of Black and White women, interested in making the church a better place racially and seeking to set an example of what unity looks like in 2021, started after the brutal killing of George Floyd on May 25, 2020.

“I kept feeling God saying, ‘It’s great that you’re talking about this with your White friends, but you need to reach out,’” Sara Baugh, a certified public accountant and administrative assistant for the Brentwood Hills Church of Christ in Nashville, Tenn., recalled in an interview with The Christian Chronicle.

Baugh, a White woman, reached out to Dorcas Curry, an African American motivational speaker and author she had met at a luncheon.

“I’m tired of standing on the sidelines, just wringing my hands and not knowing what to do,” Baugh told Curry in a text message.

The two agreed to meet and socially distanced in a park. Curry and Baugh decided to call some women to talk about race issues and their own experiences. These conversations led to the formation of Shades of Grace Sisters. 

The sisters meet about once a month on Zoom. About 25 to 45 women participate in any given meeting.

“It’s because people are being so honest,” Curry shared with The Christian Chronicle. “There are tears in the group when women are revealing and feeling.”

“I think that was really eye-opening for a lot of the White women,” Baugh said. “There were women who had experienced racism just the month or the week before.”

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