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Diversity & Inclusion

 

Our Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion

 

At St. Barnabas, we believe we see God in all people and that we belong to each other. Therefore, we are committed to fostering an inclusive community in which each person feels a sense of value and belonging. Doing so will create a welcoming community where all voices have power and diversity is celebrated.

 

Within our school and the larger parish community, as part of the principles of Catholic Social Teaching, we commit to confronting and challenging societal biases and racism. We must march along a path toward greater equity and justice with humility, authenticity, and compassion. 

The above statement was created in communion with leadership of St. Barnabas’s Parish and School, as well as discernment by the Peace and Justice Committee, and the school’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee. Its intent is to serve as an organizing statement that describes the shared mission of our work throughout the Parish and School.

 

Central to our Catholic faith, as stated in the Catechism, is “respect for the human person and the rights which flow from human dignity and guarantee it.”

 

As we seek justice through faith and works, and support the mission of Catholic education, St. Barnabas Parish commits itself to the ongoing work of addressing racism.

 

This work aligns with our Church and Archdiocese’s past statements:

 

Francis Cardinal George “Dwell In My Love, A Pastoral Letter on Racism,” 2002: “The Spirit calls us to reflect about how we embody God's salvation and his universal love in parishes and schools, in the Pastoral Center and in other Catholic institutions.”

The U.S. Conference on Bishops, “Open Wide Our Hearts, A Pastoral Letter on Racism,” 2018: “Racism can only end if we contend with the policies and institutional barriers that perpetuate and preserve the inequality — economic and social — that we still see all around us.”

Bishop Cupich and Bishop Horace Smith, Tribune op-ed, 2020: “Seeing injustice is but the first step on the road to justice. Taking that step means being able to put aside one’s own fears and sensitivities surrounding the issue of racial injustice...It means, in a word, cultivating empathy.”