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Appendix to Maryknoll Lay Missioners’ July 1, 2020 statement “Our commitment to anti-racism and the ‘Beloved Community'” 

Action steps toward creating a culture of anti-racism

Maryknoll Lay Missioners’ Anti-Racism Task Force recommitted in January 2020 to analyze how we need to change, examining everything from training, hiring, staff and board composition, recruitment, admissions, orientation, in-country support, and leadership. That commitment has only deepened as we have been reminded of the moral imperative to address the sin of racism within our institutions and ourselves. As we continue this journey to reflect, dismantle and rebuild, Maryknoll Lay Missioners commits time, talent and financial resources to create a culture of anti-racism by focusing on the following areas:

  • Internal survey and reflection, identifying pertinent areas of growth
  • Integration of a pastoral theological reflection process on racism in preparation for our 2021 Mission Assembly, which will help shape the organization for the future.
  • Resources, training, and education to help us unlearn and learn from the voices most affected by racism within and beyond our organization as well as thought leaders, ministry leaders and activists.
  • Increased partnership, community, and civic engagement with organizations and networks of various cultural families, particularly in the Catholic Church
  • Recruitment of diverse communities for lay missioner and staff positions
  • Structure and Accountability

These are initial ideas and steps that we trust— with the guidance of the Holy Spirit — may open ourselves to a communal journey that dismantles all systems of oppression and hate and works for justice throughout our world.

Selected resources on racism for further research, education, and collaboration

This is by no means an exhaustive list for reading about history and/or race in the United States. An inclusive list would be very long and impossible to provide here. We hope this provides a starting point for continued reflection, education and collaboration.

Organizations and Networks


Prayer and spirituality


Church Documents




Books to read:


Films and TV series to watch:


Visual Media


Podcasts to subscribe to:


Maryknoll Lay Missioners
Compelled by faith to engage with people across cultures and ethnicities, Maryknoll lay missioners live, love and work with communities on the margins to promote active nonviolence and healing.