The Grassroots Reparations Campaign invites you to place Reparations Sabbath/Saturday and Sunday (December 17-18) on your calendar and commemorate these significant days with your religious, faith, spiritual, or ethically centered community.
Click here to view a prior Reparations Teach-in on hosting a Reparations Sabbath, Saturday, or Sunday event (your passcode is +T.s1XU0).
Visit ReparationSunday.org for additional resources, including toolkits and videos of past celebrations.
As part of building a culture of reparations every year, we encourage communities to deepen their spiritual practice of reparations during a Season of Remembrance & Reflection in preparation for two Reparations Sabbath/Saturday and Sunday weekends.
The Season of Remembrance & Reflection begins on June 19, or Juneteenth. It culminates on Reparations Sabbath/Saturday and Reparations Sunday on August 20 and 21, coinciding with the International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and Its Abolition. The Season resumes on December 2, the UN International Day for the Abolition of Slavery, and runs through Reparations Sabbath/Saturday and Sunday on December 17 and 18,
which coincide with Jubilee Freedom Day.
The Grassroots Reparations Campaign envisions a culture of reparations that is accountable to the past and to ongoing spiritual, moral and material harm created by chattel slavery, colonialism, and genocide. In active pursuit of this vision, we call on faith-based and ethically centered communities to create a culture of full repair that is accountable to the history and current world created by harms against humanity.
Reparations are a spiritual practice that requires and cultivates personal accountability for one's direct or indirect participation in oppressive systems. Spirituality is an intrinsic part of reparations because of the existential (in addition to material) impact of historical and ongoing harm. Moreover, spirituality involves healing and personal connection with a divine energy, being, or spiritual system from which one derives a moral responsibility for repairing harm. When performed in the service of accountability, justice, and unity, reparations become a relational practice of healing.
Resources for prayers and spiritual texts for applying spiritual principles that support reparations in various faith traditions can be found here. Resources for white people reflecting and taking action on reparations can be found here. Consider planning a Reparations Sabbath, Saturday, or Sunday for your faith community or ethically centered organization.
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