The Episcopal Church is committed to the work of racial reconciliation. Our Dismantling Racism Commission works to facilitate the conversation in Western Michigan.
Using the Episcopal Church’s Becoming Beloved Community vision, we frame a path for Episcopalians to address racial injustice and grow as a community of reconcilers, justice-makers, and healers who share a passion for the dream of God. Because this is the work of spiritual formation, and not simply completing a training or implementing a set of programs, we encourage individuals and congregations to embrace the journey ahead as a long-term commitment. It may be helpful to imagine a labyrinth as you reflect, act, and reflect again. After all, on the road toward reconciliation and healing, we travel around corners, make sharp turns, pass fellow travelers, and double back into quadrants we have indeed visited before, each time discovering a fresh revelation or challenge.
With a resolution approved by the 143rd Diocesan Convention, all persons holding any office in the Episcopal Diocese of Western Michigan must have taken an anti-racism workshop within the last three years.
Resources for Dismantling Racism
America’s Original Sin: Racism, White Privilege, and the Bridge to a New America by Jim Wallis (View on Amazon)
Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America by Michael Eric Dyson (View on Amazon)
Waking up White: And Finding Myself in the Story of Race by Debby Irving (View on Amaz0n)
White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk about Racism by Robin DiAngelo (View on Amazon)
White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide by Carol Anderson (View on Amazon)
Community Resource – Becoming Beloved Community (PDF)
Upcoming Dismantling Racism Skill Workshops
Despite legal changes and racial integration, the sin of racism still pervades our society. These workshops will examine racism – how it has become embedded in our culture, structures, and unconscious biases. We will examine our own role in the maintenance of systems of privilege. Come prepared to learn and to engage in dialogue with fellow participants.
The Rev. Sue York, Chair, Dismantling Racism Taskforce