by Allen Fitzpatrick | May 16, 2023
Not everyone can create a family tree; however, everyone has a family story. Join the Crummell-Cooper Chapter, UBE, in conversation with historian and genealogist, Aungelic Nelson, a member of St. Luke’s-DC, as she guides us through her book specifically written for young people of color. Learn the beginning steps in finding information about your family, to include free resources. Learn the importance of documenting all you can, even though you might have a “family shrub.” This is an opportunity for the young and the sages to learn together, so bring the young folk. This event is online and free.
by EDOW | May 11, 2023
The Diocese is taking its next steps towards addressing its historical involvement in anti-Black racism. Following the passage of the resolution Towards Repentance and Reparations at the 2023 Diocesan Convention, the application process to serve on the Committee on Diocesan Reparations began. After a period of discernment and collective engagement, Bishop Mariann has made initial appointments. The Committee will have two working groups, the Policy Working Group and the Education Working Group. We extend a special thank you to all who applied.
The Policy Working Group, co-chaired by the Rev. Glenna Huber and Ms. Erika Gilmore, will investigate and make recommendations concerning policies and other measures to support the redress, healing and atonement regarding the Diocese historical involvement in anti-Black racism. The Education Working Group, chaired by Ms. Aungelic Nelson, will educate, encourage and support the Diocese in its Reparations work while also preparing for, and carrying out, the recommendations of the Policy Working Group as developed, and when delivered. Mr. Rudy Logan, Missioner for Equity and Justice, will serve as the staff liaison to the committee.
We are thrilled to share the names of those who will serve on the Committee on Diocesan Reparations below.
Members of the Committee Diocesan Reparations
Policy Working Group:
The Rev. Glenna Huber, Epiphany DC, Central DC (Committee Chair)
Ms. Erika Gilmore, St. George’s DC, Central DC (Assistant Chair)
Mr. Anton Vanterpool, St. Alban’s, North DC
Mr. George Economy, St. John’s Georgetown, Central DC
Ms. Embry Martin Howell, All Souls DC, North DC
The Rev. Antonio J. Baxter, Atonement, South DC
Ms. Andrea Pringle, St. Luke’s Bethesda
The Rev. Melanie Mullen, Advisory Member
Education Working Group:
Ms. Aungelic Nelson, St. George’s DC, Central DC (Committee Chair)
Ms. Antoinette Schooler, Washington National Cathedral, North DC
The Rev. Peter Jarett-Schell, Calvary, North DC
Mr. Franklin Robinson, St. Thomas’, Prince George’s County, Southern Maryland
Ms. Cathy O’Donnell, St. John’s, Bethesda, South Montgomery
Ms. Caroline Klam, Church of the Epiphany, Central DC
Ms. Susan Schulken, Grace Silver Spring, South Montgomery
Ms. Karen May, St. George’s DC, Central DC
The Rev. Gayle Fisher-Stewart
Ms. Gabby Whitehurst, Grace Silver Spring, South Montgomery
The Rev. Creamilda Shirley Yoda, Ascension Church Silver Spring, South Montgomery
Ex Officio Members:
The Rev. Maria Kane, Standing Committee President
The Rev. Kristen Hawley, Diocesan Council Moderator
Mr. Jonathan Nicholas, Treasurer
The Rev. Andrew Walter, Canon to the Ordinary/Chief Operating Officer
Mr. John Van De Weert, Chancellor
Mr. Rudy Logan, Missioner for Equity and Justice
by EDOW | Feb 2, 2023
Taking the next faithful step, the Diocesan Convention overwhelmingly passed a resolution of commitment–toward repentance and reparations for the Diocese of Washington’s “long, complicated history of participation in, and benefit from, anti-Black racism.”
The resolution is an important marker on a lengthy journey, stating our intention to continue educating ourselves about past and present harms done, and a commitment to make repair.
As our working definition of reparations states:
Reparations is the spiritual and material process to remember, restore, reconcile and make amends for historical and continuing wrongs against humanity that can never be singularly reducible to monetary terms, but must include a substantial investment and surrender of resources.
The Reparations Committee will consist of two working groups–one focused on continuing the work of education; the other addressing matters of policy and practice. We are now accepting applications from those members of the diocese who would like to be considered for this important work.
Read the Resolution as Amended on the Diocesan Convention webpage.
Submit an application to serve on the Reparations Committee.