Healing Racism Resources

A Partial List of Resources for Black History Month


Traces of the Trade:

In Traces of the Trade, Episcopal Divinity School alumna and film producer Katrina Browne tells the story of her forebears — the deWolf family, the largest slave-trading family in U.S. history. The film follows Browne and nine family members as they retrace the triangle trade and begin to think about how to address legacies of racial violence and the meaning of reconciliation in the present. Dain and Constance Perry, who travelled on the pilgrimage, will lead discussion about the film. Join community members in this fascinating conversation about our shared history and our faith-based response to it.

It is showing at the following locations and dates:

Absalom Jones Annual Celebration:

Join the NorCal Vivian Traylor Chapter Union of Black Episcopalians at their Annual Absalom Jones Celebration Prayer Breakfast on Saturday, February 15, 9 a.m., at St. Paul’s, 113 Montecito Avenue, Oakland. Featured Speaker: Mr Aaron Grizzell, Director, Northern California MLK Jr. Foundation.


Parish Resources from The Episcopal Church:

For Further Reading — a very brief and suggested list:

History of the African Diaspora and the Episcopal Church:

Black Church Experience and Theology:

  • Jesus and the Disinherited by The Rev. Dr. Howard Thurman
  • Where do we Go From Here by The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King
  • The Cross and the Lynching Tree by The Rev. Dr. James H. Cone
  • Stand Your Ground: Black Bodies and the Justice of God by The Rev. Dr. Kelly Brown Douglas 

An internet search will bring a selection of popular books, children’s books, and current non fiction which shares and informs the Black experience. For more information, feel free to contact the Rev. Eric Metoyer: ericm@diocal.org.

How to Support Indigenous People on Thanksgiving

Continuing the conversation from Diocesan Convention topic of Listening to Indigenous Voices: The Doctrine of Discovery (watch the panel discussion here), here are 11 ideas of what you can do on Thanksgiving to support indigenous people.

The Episcopal Church Exposes the Doctrine of Discovery (Video) — Click here to view

This video is intended to inform people about the impact of the Doctrine of Discovery in an effort to respond to God's direction; that we, the Episcopal Church, "act with justice and...do what is right" (Psalm 106:3, Book of Common Prayer), and about the unjust way the Americas were settled, and the on-going consequences of those events. Resources now available at episcopalchurch.org/indigenous-ministries

Resources in times of Mass Shootings and Gun Violence

From Bishop’s Against Gun Violence: Liturgical Resources in Times of Violence

From Textweek: Worship and Prayer Resources

Unitarian Universalist Sample Policies on Gun Violence

Give me your tired, your persecuted — A call to assist Central American refugees from the Episcopal Public Policy Network of California, signed by CA Bishops

In recent days, over 6,000 migrants have gathered at the California-Mexico border fence seeking appointments with American immigration officials to petition for asylum. With wait times projected to last for months, many are forced to live in shelters where food is scarce, and privacy is non-existent, and some become sick. Click here to read more

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." 

Read more of article

Watch revival videos from Diocese of El Camino Real 

A Letter on Racial Reconciliation — from the House of Deputies

Click here to read more.











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.

Click here to read.

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.

Click here to view videos.

Three-year study on how slavery affected DioCal pre-War of Southern Aggression

A Racial Reconciliation Task Force Report to DioCal Convention
Click here to read.

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.

Click here to read.