Becoming Beloved Community & Racial Reconciliation

For decades, The Episcopal Church has extolled a consistent message of education on the systemic sin of racism and to take action to eliminate racism wherever it exists—our institutions, communities, churches, and in ourselves. Indeed, “reconciliation is the spiritual practice of seeking loving, liberating and life-giving relationship with God and one another, and striving to heal and transform injustice and brokenness in ourselves, our communities, institutions and society.”[1]

The Episcopal Church provides a variety of resources in the vital work of racial reconciliation. One such resource is Becoming Beloved Community, a set of interrelated commitments around which Episcopalians may organize our many efforts to respond to racial injustice and grow a community of reconcilers, justice-makers, and healers.

 

Likewise, the Diocese of Western North Carolina has a long-standing commitment to dismantling and eradicating racism in our church, in our communities, and around the world. We are blessed by the ongoing and compelling work of our diocesan Commission to Dismantle Racism, which exists to name, confess, resist and confront the sin of racism through prayer, education, advocacy and action. Learn about the history of the Commission here.

 

While much progress has been made, there is still work to be done to achieve the biblical imperative of unity in Christ. We invite you and your church to join us in this important, Gospel imperative.

 

Workshops

Facilitators from the Commission to Dismantle Racism lead one-day workshops for congregations and other diocesan organizations. Through interactive exercises, videos and small group discussion, participants explore how institutional and systemic racism impede our ability to create an inclusive community. This workshop helps to raise awareness that dismantling racism is a spiritual discipline, grounded in our Baptismal Covenant.

 

Upcoming Seminars

  • Upcoming seminars will be listed here when scheduled.

 

If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Bill Mance.

 

 

[1] from The Episcopal Church’s website

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