Healing Racism Resources
Anti-Racism Training is a requirement of all clergy and lay leaders in The Episcopal Church.
September Anti-Racism training details to be announced soon!
Talking about race in our culture, in our Church, in America, is one of the most difficult (and feared) conversations in our times, and needed to heal our world. Presiding Bishop Michael Curry said: "[The] Episcopal Church made a commitment to what I call the Jesus Movement and a commitment to following in the way of Jesus of Nazareth... which is the way of God’s love in this world. And doing it by a way of evangelism and a way that leads to racial reconciliation in our society and in our world." To create the skills for evangelism and conversation on race the Diocese of California offers Healing Racism Training. This course is open to all and successful completion fulfill the anti-racism requirements for lay leaders and postulants to Holy Orders. Instructors are the Rev. Jay Watan and the Rev. Eric Metoyer.
Continuing education at May's Equipping the Beloved Community
Welcoming the Exiled
Hosted by the Peninsula Deanery
With the keynote speaker, author Russell Jeung focusing on welcoming the exile; the Missioner for Racial Reconciliation for the Episcopal Church, Heidi Kim, presenting on racial reconcilitation; and a sanctuary diocese discussion; this May's Equipping the Beloved Community is an excellent way for those who have completed the anti-racism training to continue their education and also meet their three-year requirement to renew their knowledge on healing racism.
For more information and to register, visit the Equipping the Beloved Community page.
Continuing education session descriptions:
MORNING PRAYER | KEYNOTE: Welcoming the Exiled with Russell Jeung — 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
In his book At Home In Exile: Finding Jesus Among My Ancestors and Refugee Neighbors, Russell Jeung interweaves narratives of longing and belonging as he retraces the steps of his Chinese-Hakka family and refugee neighbors. In the face of forced relocation and institutional discrimination, his family and friends resisted time and time again over six generations. Dr. Jeung spent over two decades in assisting refugees resettle in the United States, but he came to realize that he, too, was an exile. And this exilic identity, as a “stranger and foreigner,” provides wisdom and hope for Christians engaging in the major, societal issues of our day: mass displacement and poverty, racism, and persistent inequality. He will help us see how we can reach out to the exiled and strangers in our own neighborhoods to bring peace close to home.
SESSION 1 — 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Racial Reconciliation (Heidi Kim)
Reconciliation lies at the heart of the Gospel of Jesus Christ; it is simultaneously that which we long for, and that which remains elusive. How do we define the “ministry of reconciliation” in our daily lives and ministries? What barriers impede our reconciliation with God and one another? This workshop will be a conversation with Heidi Kim, the Missioner for Racial Reconciliation for the Episcopal Church.
SESSION 2 — 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Sanctuary Diocese Discussion
If you’ve watched or read the news over the last few months, you have seen and heard about the change in policies towards immigrants, deportations and deep divisions amongst neighbors. What can we, as followers of Christ, do to speak up and protect each of God’s children? What does it mean for the Diocese of California to declare itself a sanctuary diocese? How can we respect the dignity of every human being and oppose unjust laws? Join this roundtable discussion to help the Diocese of California respond to this crisis.
Resilience of Racism Conference 2017
The Resilience of Racism Conference, hosted by the Equal Justice Society, will explore mind science concepts such as implicit bias and racial anxiety to help us understand and ameliorate racism in all its manifestations.
When: Thursday, June 1 to Saturday, June 3, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: Oakland Asian Cultural Center, 388 9th Street, Oakland
Contact: email@example.com, 510-629-9EJS (9357)
View the tentative agenda and panelists: https://equaljusticesociety.org/mindscience
Presiding Bishop Curry Brings Revival to El Camino Real — Article and Video Resource
[Diocese of El Camino Real | January 19, 2017] "On Saturday, January 7, an electric crowd of about 800 Episcopalians, friends, and family experienced the amazing presence of the Most Rev. Michael Curry, presiding bishop and chief pastor of the Episcopal Church. His keynote address in Salinas energized, inspired, and entertained the enthusiastic crowd, explaining the origins of the Jesus Movement and urging Christians to share Jesus’ message of love with a world in need. Hosted by the Diocese of El Camino Real, the January 7 revival-style event also included an equally lively address from Canon Stephanie Spellers on 21st Century mission and ministry, plus panel discussions and audience Q&A. The day’s events were emceed by Joseph W. Heston, president of central coast television station KSBW-TV. Heston introduced Bishop Mary Gray-Reeves, who welcomed the crowd and brought out Bishop Curry for a “bishops’ selfie” before he began his address."
A Letter on Racial Reconciliation — from the House of Deputies
The New Jim Crow Facilitation Guide
Looking for a way to have conversations about racism in the United States? This is a helpful guide from the Urban Peace Collaboration that will guide you through the steps of organizing and facilitating a six-week reading and reflection group on The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander.
A Letter to The Episcopal Church From the Presiding Bishop, President of the House of Deputies
Confession, Repentance, and Commitment to End Racism Sunday.
Fifty Years Later: The State of Racism in America
Webcast video of all sessions from the November 2013 event at St. Andrew’s Cathedral, Jackson, Miss.
Three-year study on how slavery affected DioCal pre-War of Southern Aggression
A Racial Reconciliation Task Force Report to DioCal Convention
Brochure on The Rev. Peter Williams Casey and Annie Besent Cassey
Learn more about these local saints in the Diocese of California. The Rev. Peter Williams Casey was the first African American ordained west of the Mississippi, and his wife Annie was a co-founder for an early integrated school and a civil rights activist.