Welcome 381 Movement!

Dear Friends,

Over the past year, St. Paul’s Community Engagement ministry (formerly Outreach) engaged in a strategic discernment process, building upon decades of thoughtful and responsive ministry to the community. Our goal was to review and envision how we can continue to be responsive to the changing needs of our time, by identifying our assets and challenges as a congregation, as well as, the assets and challenges of our community and neighbors. Many of you journeyed with us in this process, and we are incredibly grateful for the history, insight and vision you shared with us.

One of the largest assets we identified at St. Paul’s is our physical space, our building. With our renovation complete and our offices open after a year of remote working, the Community Engagement team believes it is time, once again, to use our space to work with our community. One of the strategies the Community Engagement team is focusing on is collaboration with others. Many local organizations are doing incredible work, yet lack access to consistent office and meeting spaces – we have an abundance of both.

I am thrilled to share about one organization we are growing a relationship with and seeking to join with, support and amplify their work in the community. Born out of the 2020 racial justice protests, the 381 Movement “is a non-profit organization of scholars, supporters, attorneys, volunteers, and representatives of the community whose mission is to counter racial and social inequality.” In the spirit of collaboration, the 381 Movement will be moving onto the 2nd floor of the Parish House, using Room 207 as their dedicated office space.

Our entire CE Steering Committee is encouraged and inspired by the 381 Movement, and we are glad to partner with them in a much-needed way. You can learn more about the 381 Movement below. You can also scroll down to the end of this newsletter to see an overview of our Community Engagement Discernment Process.

We can’t wait to see all of the amazing work that can be accomplished together. Welcome 381!

Lynn Williams
Director of Community Engagement

Get to know 381 Movement

The Spark
The 381 Movement was founded in 2020 as a reaction to the national demonstrations over the murder of George Floyd and the system which have killed hundreds of others.

The Inspiration
In 1955 The Montgomery Bus Boycott was a civil rights demonstration during which African Americans refused to ride city busses in Montgomery, Alabama. The goal was to eliminate segregation from the transportation system. The boycott took place from December 5, 1955, to December 20, 1956, lasting 381 days the protest was considered the first large-scale U.S. equality protest. Thus, in remembrance of the late great Mr. King Jr., the 381 movements will not only peacefully rally for 381 days to urge reform from our lawmakers and politicians but will; educate, empower, and evolve the black is communities of this country.

The Mission
Provide opportunities, education, and access to wealth to individuals and communities while advocating for Justice and Equality.

The Commitment
We are committed not only to raising awareness of social injustices, but also delivering resources and assistance to the overlooked communities. Through utilizing a solution-based perspective, we are capable of resolving the recurring problems in criminal justice, economic, educational, and social resource systems.

More Information
Richmond Free Press Spotlight of Co-Founder, Corey Stuckey
Floyd one year later: Corey Stuckey, George Wythe High School student, on launching 381 Movement
381 Movement Website
Click to Watch Short Video About the 381 Movement