The Executive Council of The Episcopal Church (TEC) reaffirmed the importance of ongoing anti-racism training at its meeting in April 2012, stating”
The Episcopal Church continues to struggle with a legacy of segregation and racism. After a period of retrenchment in the 1970s when the Church addressed issues such as Prayer Book reform, the ordination of women, and the rights of other minority voices, the 1990s saw a renewed call for racial equality and cultural diversity. . .Read more
The Antiracism Training model of the Episcopal Church, Seeing the Face of God in Each Other, is designed to make us all more aware of how society’s racist past still haunts us today. Through self-examination and sharing our stories, we come to learn more about how our behavior affects others, and how our society, institutions and churches affect how we think and feel about others. After antiracism training, you will never watch the news the same again! (from TEC website)
Training in the Diocese of Southern Ohio
Anti-racism training in the Diocese of Southern Ohio consists of two parts: the training day and a follow-up opportunity to engage this topic. This is an anti-racism workshop and not a diversity or multi-cultural workshop. The two-part training meets The Episcopal Church’s requirements for elected and appointed lay and clergy leadership to complete Anti-Racism training within the first 12 months of their appointment.
Anti-Racism training is usually held at Procter Center; however, other venues may be arranged. (Alternate locations will be noted on the registration form) Lunch is included. The cost is $10.
Episcopal Church resources re Anti-Racism Training
Anti-Racism Training in The Episcopal Church was initiated in the 1990s, requiring through 2000 and 2009 General Convention resolutions that parish and diocesan leadership receive the training. Well worth reading is a March 19, 2015 report, “The Church’s Contemporary Response to Racism,” prepared for the Executive Council Committee on Anti-Racism.
In this report can be found references to numerous documents and resolutions adopted at General Conventions since the late 1970s. Significant to our history of the Church’s response to racism is the House of Bishops Pastoral Letter on the “Sin of Racism,” March 1994 with a March 2006 follow-up Pastoral Letter from the House of Bishops.
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