Meet the Racial Justice and Reconciliation Commission Members
The Rev. Canon Lloyd S. CassonThe Rev. Canon Lloyd S. Casson was the first rector of the Episcopal Church of Saints Andrew & Matthew, Wilmington established by the 211th Annual Convention in 1996 by the consolidation of two historic parishes, one Black, one white. This year, 2021, marks the 25th anniversary of a vital multicultural congregation. Canon Casson retired from active ministry in June, 2007. Since 1964, Casson’s ordained ministry has involved work on many fronts within the Episcopal Church, by leadership roles in parishes, cathedrals, diocesan and Presiding Bishop’s staffs, Standing Committees, Executive Council, and General Convention. As a community leader, in Wilmington and elsewhere, Casson was a respected advocate for equality in public education, housing, employment, criminal justice, and other areas. He served on public and charter school boards, community agencies, and advocacy groups. At times, he was in the streets, involved in community organizing, peaceful demonstrations, and direct actions. In retirement, he serves as an occasional preacher, teacher, mentor, and spiritual guide. Casson is Rector Emeritus at the Episcopal Church of Saints Andrew & Matthew where he also worships.
Clay BrownClay Brown lives in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania and is blessed with two adult daughters and four beautiful grandchildren. He has been a member of Christ Church Christiana Hundred, Wilmington for the past ten years. During that time, he has served as an acolyte, reader, Eucharistic Minister, and assisted with Thursday morning worship and bible study. Additionally, he has served on PACT, the “Walkabout”, Bishop Brown’s ordination and consecration, as a delegate to the annual convention, in support of Family Promise, and on the vestry. Clay is a cradle Episcopalian, and grew up in a multicultural congregation in West Philadelphia during the heart of the Civil Rights movement. Since that time, Clay has served as an officer in the US Army Reserves and practiced as a registered nurse. He is a graduate of General Theological Seminary, New York City and brings with him a wealth of experience in ministry and cultural diversity. Clay is a Clinical Nurse Educator at Ashfield Health Care in Fort Washington, Pennsylvania.
Anne Alexis HarraAnne Alexis Harra was born and raised in Delaware. She moved to West Philadelphia in January 2021 where she lives with her partner, Cole. Harra graduated from Washington College in May 2019 where she studied English and Philosophy. In addition to the Racial Justice and Reconciliation Commission (RJRC), she currently serves on Diocesan Council. She has served in ministry in both volunteer and staff capacities. A lifelong Episcopalian, Harra seeks to serve Christ through the words of the Baptismal Covenant. Some of her passions include children’s ministry, educating families in anti-racism work, and exploring faith through the mystery of death. A firm believer in the power of grace, Harra trusts in the sovereignty of forgiveness, mercy, and divine love. In her spare time, she enjoys weightlifting, trying new restaurants, and tending to her flowers. She is currently employed at the Church of Saint Martin-in-the-Fields, Chestnut Hill, Pennsylvania as Minister for Children & Youth. Harra worships at Saint David’s Episcopal Church, Wilmington. “There is but one good; that is God.” –C.S. Lewis
Dr. Sheridan Quarless Kingsberry
Co-ChairDr. Sheridan Quarless Kingsberry is a retired professor of social work from Delaware State University. Prior to teaching, she served in management positions in higher education, and in non-profit and governmental institutions in New Jersey. She has served on several boards in New Jersey and Delaware (YWCA Delaware, National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Delaware Chapter (President), Associate Alumnae of Douglass College, Primo Lecture Series, Trustee of Color, Serviam Girls Academy). Kingsberry has received several awards: NASW-DE Social Worker of the Year, Social Work Today Dedicated and Deserving Social Work Award, YWCA Delaware Rita Turner Leadership Award, New Jersey Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Commission Keeper of the Dream Award, Douglass College Outstanding Alumnae Award, and New Jersey Outstanding Women of Achievement Award. She is committed to and passionate about work that will bring about diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice. Kingsberry worships at St. Barnabas’ Episcopal Church in Wilmington. She was appointed Co-Chair of the RJRC by the Rt. Rev. Kevin S. Brown.
The Rev. Ted OlsonThe Rev. Ted Olson was born and raised in Wilmington, Delaware. He was ordained to the priesthood in 1979 and is currently serving as associate priest at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, Lewes. He is also a licensed professional counselor. He was appointed to the RJRC by Bishop Brown in October 2020. He and his spouse, Jack, a retired educator, live in Millsboro.
Analia I. RiemerAnalia I. Riemer is a member of Saint Anne’s Episcopal Church, Middletown. She was born and raised in Panama City, Panama and her family moved to Middletown from New York City three years ago. She, her husband, her seven-year-old son, and her dog love this beautiful town. Presently Riemer is working on a Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Concordia University Irvine. Her educational background includes a B.A. in Marketing and Advertising from Universidad del Istmo, Panama. Additionally, Riemer is a certified Spanish interpreter and currently works with Language Liaisons. As such, she has worked in various settings with migrant populations transitioning and adapting to their new lives in the United States. Riemer has a great passion for bringing comfort and healing to those in need, and is hoping to integrate her knowledge and experience into the service of our beloved community. She prays for healing and for comfort in Jesus!
The Rev. Charles Sumner "Chuck" Weiss
Co-ChairThe Rev. Charles Sumner “Chuck” Weiss has served as rector of Christ Episcopal Church, Dover since February 2015. He began his ordained ministry in the Episcopal Church in Delaware, at Christ Church Christiana Hundred from 1997-2002. Weiss presently serves as Dean of the College of Clergy and as a member of Standing Committee. He was honored by Bishop Brown’s invitation to serve as Co-Chair of the RJRC and hopes to engage this work with courage and humility.