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Recent General Convention resolutions on racial justice
Revise Mandate for Executive Council Committee on Anti-Racism

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ResolvedThat the mandate for the Executive Council Committee on Anti-Racism be amended, and hereby read as follows:

“This Committee is charged with supporting and monitoring the Church’s work in response to General Convention resolutions directed at eliminating the sin of racism from the life of the Church by:

Recognizing and developing its work of racial healing, justice, and reconciliation as a fundamental and requisite part of Christian formation; supporting the work of Becoming Beloved Community: The Episcopal Church’s Long-Term Commitment to Racial Healing, Justice, and Reconciliation; recommending best practices for dismantling racism training; collecting information from dioceses and provinces about their successes and challenges in complying with the canonical requirements and with General Convention Resolution 2000-B049 for providing anti-racism training; and sharing their findings with Executive Council on an annual basis.”

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Acknowledge Police Violence and Confront Racism

Concurred as Amended

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Resolved, That while we honor and raise up the work of dedicated police officers who put their lives on the line to serve and protect, we also acknowledge the numerous inexcusable deaths and intimidation of people of color at the hands of law enforcement personnel in communities all over the United States, including but not limited to Standing Rock; New York City; Rapid City, South Dakota; Falcon Heights, Minnesota; North Charleston, South Carolina; Ferguson, Missouri; and Baltimore, Maryland; and be it further

Resolved, That these and events like them are an unconscionable affront to the Gospel commandment to uphold the dignity of every human being and require a prophetic response by clergy and laity. We therefore deplore any and all efforts that have occurred and may occur to silence these voices; and be it further

Resolved, That The Episcopal Church hereby does condemn the improper actions of authorities against people of color or any actions that make clergy and laity feel they should not speak out or take nonviolent action to eliminate the sin of racism.

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Resources

The Episcopal Church

The Episcopal Church’s Department of Reconciliation, Justice and Creation Care and the Office of Government Relations have assembled resources to assist individuals, congregations and communities seeking to LEARN, PRAY and ACT.

Sacred Ground is a film- and readings-based dialogue series on race, grounded in faith. Small groups are invited to walk through chapters of America’s history of race and racism, while weaving in threads of family story, economic class, and political and regional identity. The 10-part series is built around a powerful online curriculum of documentary films and readings that focus on Indigenous, Black, Latino, and Asian/Pacific American histories as they intersect with European American histories.  Sacred Ground is part of Becoming Beloved Community, The Episcopal Church’s long-term commitment to racial healing, reconciliation, and justice in our personal lives, our ministries, and our society. This series is open to all, and especially designed to help white people talk with other white people. Participants are invited to peel away the layers that have contributed to the challenges and divides of the present day – all while grounded in our call to faith, hope and love.

Christian Formation Resources

Little Justice Leaders brings social justice issues into the homes of K-3rd graders with stories, art activities, posters, and information, providing families the opportunity to openly grapple with tough issues of inclusion/exclusion based on differences among people.

And Social Justice for All: Empowering Families, Churches, and Schools to Make a Difference in God’s World  by Lisa Van Engen
With the constant barrage of difficult stories through news and social media, today’s kids are increasingly aware of the real problems real people confront every day. And they’re quicker than ever to come to parents and other trusted adults to ask how they can help – or why they’re not already doing so. And Social Justice for All equips Christian families to tackle social justice issues together. It inspires them to bring light and love to a dark and scary world.

Practical Resources for Churches offers a wide range of resources for all ages on racial justice, gun violence, green ministries, and more.

Scaffolding Anti-Racist Resources, based on Janet Helm’s White Identity Development work, this is a compilation of resources and activities for exploring the stages in depth through books, videos, and social media.

Anti-Racism Liturgy: White People Renouncing Racism, a short liturgy from Ordinary Liturgy, is written with a white audience in mind and is meant to support white people in taking responsibility for the work in which they are actively being called to participate.

Videos

To view video courses on racial justice, visit our learning portal.

Becoming Beloved Community

For the most up-to-date resources addressing racial justice and becoming beloved community, go to http://dsobeloved.org/.

Books

Alexander, Michelle. The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness

One of the most influential books of the decade Michelle Alexander argues that “we have not ended racial caste in America; we have merely redesigned it.”

Fisher-Stewart, Gayle, Ed. Preaching Black Lives (Matter)

What does it mean to be Church where Black lives matter?  A collection of sermons, essays, and reflections from mostly Episcopalians challenge us to think about race, advocate for Black lives in the Church and society, and call us to rethink or expand Christian formation.

Harvey, Jennifer. Raising White Kids: Bringing Up Children in a Racially Unjust America

How do we raise our children to be non-racist in a racist world?  “Living in a racially unjust and deeply segregated nation creates unique conundrums for white children that begin early in life and impact development in powerful ways. Raising White Kids offers age-appropriate insights for teaching children how to address racism when they encounter it and tackles tough questions about how to help white kids be mindful of racial relations while understanding their own identity and the role they can play for justice” (Amazon)

Harvey, Jennifer. Dear White Christians: For Those Still Longing for Racial Reconciliation 

The book “argues for a radical shift in how justice-committed white Christians think about race. She calls for moving away from the reconciliation paradigm that currently dominates interracial relations and embracing instead a reparations paradigm.” (Amazon)

Jarrett-Schnell, Peter. Seeing My Skin (A Story of Wrestling with Whiteness)

“A priest’s understanding of his Whiteness widens into an invitation to wrestle with racism.” (Church Publishing)

Meeks, Catherine, Ed. Living into God’s Dream
Edited by Catherine Meeks

“While the dream of a ‘post-racial’ America remains unfulfilled, the struggle against racism continues, with tools both new and old. This book is a report from the front, combining personal stories and theoretical and theological reflection with examples of the work of dismantling racism and methods for creating the much-needed “safe space” for dialogue on race to occur. Its aim is to demonstrate the ways in which a new conversation on race can be forged.”  (Church Publishing)

Stevenson, Bryan.  Just Mercy

“Bryan Stevenson was a young lawyer when he founded the Equal Justice Initiative, a legal practice dedicated to defending those most desperate and in need: the poor, the wrongly condemned, and women and children trapped in the farthest reaches of our criminal justice system.  Just Mercy is at once an unforgettable account of an idealistic, gifted young lawyer’s coming of age, a moving window into the lives of those he has defended, and an inspiring argument for compassion in the pursuit of true justice.” (Amazon)

Episcopal Church news on racial justice

If you are aware of other helpful resources, please share them with the Rev. Canon Lee Anne Reat at lareat@diosohio.org.