Mission Center: The Episcopal Church: Advocacy

Racial and Ethnic Justice

The Church is committed to confronting the root causes of racism and its elimination both in the Church and society. Through its National Anti-Racism Committee, it is encouraging dioceses to provide anti-racism training to leaders and congregations. The Church recognizes racism as a sin and supports legislation to study slavery. In addition, the Church asks all dioceses to study and record historical cases where they benefited from Transatlantic slavery. See how you can be engaged in this important work.

Working together for justice.


[11/2/2011]  Seminar in South Dakota focuses on Lakota culture
[Argus (SD) Leader] What started as an orientation program for new clergy coming into the Episcopal Church’s South Dakota Diocese who didn’t know much about the Lakota people has turned into a two-day workshop featuring insight about Lakota history, culture, language and discussion about racism for both clergy and the public.

[7/12/2011]  Alabama churches are leading fight against new state immigration law
[Marietta (GA) Daily Journal] Now that Alabama has passed what’s widely considered the nation’s most restrictive state law against illegal immigration, mainstream churches, faith-based organizations and individual members are at the forefront of opposition to the act. Some see their involvement as a way to avoid repeating mistakes of the past.

[5/27/2011]  Priest launches race talks in Savannah
[Savannah (GA) Morning News] Savannah City Council members Edna Jackson and Mary Ellen Sprague shared their personal stories as part of Moving Beyond Racism, a project led by local Episcopal priest the Rev. Cheryl Parris. The project is meant to prevent local leaders from running away from the topic of racism, Parris said.

[5/24/2011]  Prayer vigils send message to Netanyahu: 'Lift the ban on Bishop Dawani'
Episcopalians in Washington, D.C. and Los Angeles held silent prayer vigils in protest of Israeli treatment of Palestinians on May 24, the day Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed a joint session of Congress about the peace process

[4/14/2011]  Crossing the racial divide: Sharing untold stories opens doors to healing
One church was founded by slave owners, the other by former slaves. On a recent cold, wet winter night their spiritual descendants crossed the divide that separated their ancestors and came together to share a meal, to talk, and to listen to a national journalist tell the story of conversations about race in her own family.

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