We believe in an unchanging God: unchanging in love, unchanging in faithfulness, unchanging in supplying comfort and peace
Responses from Bishop Brown
- Profound Unrest
- Video statement from Bishop Brown
- Time of Pandemic
- Do Black Lives Matter
- Excerpt from sermon on June 14, 2020
- Stop the Injustice
- Pentecost sermon from Live-stream video
Diocesan Commission at Work
- Meet the Commission
- Statement on the verdict of the Derek Chauvin trial
- Becoming Beloved Community in Delaware
- Becoming Beloved Community — the Episcopal Church’s long-term commitment to racial healing, reconciliation, and justice
Litany for Social Justice
- Resources for Anti-Racism, Equality, Justice, and Cultural Competence
- An article by Neva Rae Fox talking about the intensity and dedication to Black Lives Matter and how it is clearly crucial to many episcopalians, clergy and lay, Black and white, young and old.
- A book designed to work well as a rapid read, a book group book, or support reading for courses exploring racial and cultural issues.
- Documentary film by Ava DuVerny, examining the U.S. prison system, racial inequality and mass incarceration.
- The Absalom Jones Center for Racial Healing, founded by Dr. Catherine Meeks, provides programs and resources to promote racial reconciliation.
- A comprehensive vision and growing set of resources for Episcopalians working toward racial healing, reconciliation and justice.
- View complete document here.
- Resources for Talking about Race, Racism and Racialized Violence with Kids
- Police violence is a leading cause of death for young men in the United States. Over the life course, about 1 in every 1,000 black men can expect to be killed by police.
- EJI works to end mass incarceration, excessive punishment, and racial inequality. Includes the Legacy Museum and a national memorial for victims of lynching and racial terror.
- Explores the way Christian individuals and communities can cultivate peace both locally and on a global scale.
- Book: Ibram X. Kendi
- This is free on streaming sites for the month of June 2020.
- Book: edited by Catherine Meeks
- From the Office of Government Relations.
- “In Passionate for Justice, we find a compass that points us to the future, where we can each give voice and action to justice, equity, and life-giving community. Ida Wells would have had it no other way.” —From the Foreword by Stacey Abrams, 2018 Democratic Nominee for Governor of Georgia
- Godly Play Digital — free download
- Preaching Black Lives (Matter) is an anthology that asks, “What does it mean to be church where Black lives matter?”
- From the Episcopal News Service.
- Members of the Presiding Bishop’s staff have curated this list of resources for racial justice and reconciliation.
- “Sacred Ground” is a Film-Based Dialogue Series on Race & Faith created by Episcopal Church staff led by film director Katrina Brown. This set of videos and workbooks can be used to facilitate conversations on racism and reconciliation.
- A personal journey of a priest’s understanding of his Whiteness widens into an invitation to wrestle with larger cultural issues of race and belonging
- Book: Kelly Brown Douglas
- Peggy McIntosh at TEDxTimberlaneSchools
- Vernā Myers at TEDxBeaconStreet
- Alice Goffman at TED2015
- Megan Ming Francis at TEDxRainier
- Kimberlé Crenshaw at TEDWomen
- Video: Gayle Fisher-Stewart
- Article: Gayle Fisher-Stewart
- In 2015 the city of Baltimore was shaken by riots in the wake of peaceful protests over the death of Freddie Gray, observers have had cause to reflect on the relationship between nonviolent and violent demonstration.
- Book: Robin DiAngelo
In the wake of the Black Lives Matter movement, America is engaged in a great national conversation regarding racial equity and social justice. But sometimes the hardest part of joining a conversation is knowing how to get started. The good news is, there are plenty of resources just waiting to empower you. The 2021 Racial Equity & Social Justice Challenge series, powered by United Way of Delaware (UWDE), Delaware Racial Justice Coalition, and YWCA Delaware, is a monthly journey of self-discovery designed to help Delawareans build more effective social justice habits, particularly those dealing with issues of race, power, privilege, and leadership. For five consecutive days each month between February and December 2021, participants are prompted with a daily e-mail challenge — such as reading an article, listening to a podcast, or watching a video–and are then encouraged to reflect on that content and to relate the situation to their own lives. Participants discover how racial inequity and social injustice impact our community. The goal is to build new understandings and new connections and in so doing, to begin dismantling systemic racism in Delaware. The 2021 Challenge is an evolution of what began with the 21-Day Racial Equity & Social Justice Challenge in 2020, which occurred weekdays from Monday, August 17, through Monday, September 14. Over 8,000 Delawareans signed up to participate! Sign up now for the 2021 Challenge, and check out the 2020 archive for all of last year’s challenge content! More information here.
Seminary Built on Slavery and Jim Crow Labor has Begun Paying Reparations
The Virginia Theological Seminary is giving cash to descendants of Black Americans who were forced to work there. The program is among the first of its kind.
One night in 1858, Carter Dowling, an enslaved Black man forced to work without pay at the Virginia Theological Seminary in Northern Virginia, made the brave decision to escape.
He made it to Philadelphia, where he met the famed abolitionist William Still. He then continued north to Canada and, after the Civil War, returned to Washington, D.C., where he was able to open a bank account for his children. He eventually went on to work as a labor organizer in Buffalo.
To this day, Mr. Dowling’s family line continues. And, most likely for one of the first times in American history, his descendants could receive cash payments for his forced labor.
Read entire article here.
From Our Local Churches, Leaders, and Other Dioceses
- Delaware Racial Justice Collaborative — learn about this collaborative and view a video from United Way of Delaware and YWCA on the 21 Day Racial Equity and Social Justice Challenge.
- Walk for Justice and Peace — Episcopal Church Of Sts. Andrew and Matthew
- Letter to the people of Delmarva from Ecumenical leaders, condemning unjust killings and abuse of unarmed black and brown people across this nation.
- Wilmington Mayor Mike Purzycki: America must atone in this moment of reckoning (Opinion)
From the Episcopal Church
Episcopal Church Releases Racial Justice Audit of LeadersThe report offers insights into race and power in the church. After two years and more than 1,300 surveys, the ground-breaking Racial Justice Audit of Episcopal Leadership is now available to the wider church and public. The audit identifies nine “patterns” of systemic racism – ranging from the historical context of church leadership to current power dynamics — that will also be highlighted in three public webinars in May and June. More information in English and Spanish here
- Becoming Beloved Community – complete document
- Becoming Beloved Community grants available for local and regional efforts Applications due April 12, 2021 The Presiding Officers’ Advisory Group on Beloved Community Implementation is pleased to announce the availability of grants to catalyze the church’s work of racial healing, reconciliation and justice. Allocated by the 79th General Convention of The Episcopal Church, the intent for this funding is to build capacity and increase Episcopal engagement in four primary fields: telling the truth about our churches and race, proclaiming the dream of Beloved Community, practicing Jesus’ way of healing and reconciliation, and repairing the breach in institutions and society. Read more (In English and Spanish): http://iam.ec/pa2021BBCGrants
- Sacred Ground: A Film-Based Dialogue Series on Race & Faith
- Read Presiding Bishop Curry’s Word to the Church: When the Cameras are Gone, We Will Still Be Here
- Responding to Racist Violence as the People of God
- Episcopal Peace Fellowship
- Supports Episcopalians who pursue social justice and seek to dismantle the barriers that separate us from living as one human family.
- Speaking of Freedom — A Letter to the Church from Kelly Brown Douglas, Stephanie Spellers, and Winnie Varghese. Female church leaders of color urge more anti-racism action in open letter
Amanda Gorman, a 22-year-old poet, read an original work titled, The Hill We Climb, at President Joe Biden’s inauguration on Jan. 20, 2021.
The SSO and featured guest University of Michigan Men’s Glee Club, lead by conductor Eugene Rogers, will premiere a newly commissioned fully orchestrated version of “The Seven Last Words of the Unarmed” by composer Joel Thompson, made possible in part with the support of Linda and Stuart Nelson. This is a multi-movement work honoring the lives of Michael Brown, Trayvon Martin, Oscar Grant, Eric Garner, Kenneth Chamberlain, Amadou Diallo, and John Crawford.
A conversation with Robin DiAngelo, author of White Fragility.
A conversation with local leaders and pastors on the 21 Day Racial Equity and Social Justice Challenge.
Cadex Herrera, left, was one of the artists who created a memorial mural of George Floyd near the site in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where he died. Photo: Xena Goldman
Co-creator of George Floyd mural is an Episcopalian with a passion for social justice art
One of the mural’s lead artists, Cadex Herrera, is an Episcopalian from White Bear Lake, Minnesota, who immigrated to the United States from Belize when he was 19. Herrera works as an elementary school behavioral specialist who creates art on the side.