Reparations: Discover, Verify, Share – Investigating Your Parish’s History with Racism

Reparations: Discover, Verify, Share – Investigating Your Parish’s History with Racism

Graphic reads Learn, Verify, and Share: Reparations: How to Investigate Your Parish's History with Racism

In this brief video, archivist and parishioner at St. Thomas’, Croom, Franklin Robinson, Jr., discusses three steps that can help congregations investigate their parish’s history with institutional racism. “Discover, verify, and share,” he says, and “…Engage in truth telling, not truth judging.”

This fall, the diocese will host Repairing the Breach: A Symposium on Reparations to continue our shared work in reckoning with our diocesan history of participation in anti-Black racism. To help prepare congregations and leaders for the symposium, we’ll continue to share videos about reparations and we invite you to participate in the two-session course offered through the School for Christian Faith and Leadership, Repairing the Breach Course: An Exploration of Reparations.

Reparations: A Process of Grace, Relationship, and Creativity

Reparations: A Process of Grace, Relationship, and Creativity

Reparations A Process of Grace, Relationship, and Creativity

“Our diocese,” the Rev. Peter Jarrett-Schell explains in this video, “has spent two hundred years bound to a history of racial oppression. Reparations is the slow process of freeing ourselves from the gilded cage of white supremacy, melting it down, and making something new. It is a process of grace, relationship, and creativity.”

This fall, the diocese will host Repairing the Breach: A Symposium on Reparations to continue our shared work in reckoning with our diocesan history of participation in anti-Black racism. To help prepare congregations and leaders for the symposium, we’ll be sharing more videos about reparations in the Bulletin and invite you to participate in the two-session course offered through the School for Christian Faith and Leadership, Repairing the Breach Course: An Exploration of Reparations.

 

Strategic Plan Year Three Mid-Year Report: School for Christian Faith and Leadership

Strategic Plan Year Three Mid-Year Report: School for Christian Faith and Leadership

For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ.
1 Corinthians 12:12

The School for Christian Faith and Leadership, birthed at the beginning of the pandemic, continues to hold this proclamation by Paul to the Corinthians as a core driving principle. Every baptized person is a full member of the body of Christ, with gifts to fulfill the mission of the Church.

The School for Christian Faith and Leadership offers both online and in-person events as well as curriculum for congregations. Since September 2021, we have offered 25 courses to equip more than 500 congregational leaders across the diocese for their ministries of administration, justice, stewardship, formation, pastoral care, and parish vitality with both online and in-person events. More than a dozen congregations have used our curricula, including CREATE and A Faithful Life, resources developed for the Diocese of Washington for both youth and adults to learn more about The Episcopal Church and the Christian life.

You can view our offerings at www.edow.org/school. Fall 2022 offerings will be announced soon.

In addition to courses, the School for Christian Faith and Leadership has developed a Path of Discipleship with a suite of resources to help members of your congregation grow in faith.

The Rev. Jenifer Gamber
Director for the School for Christian Faith and Leadership and the Tending Our Soil Thriving Congregations Initiative

Repairing the Breach: A Symposium on Reparations

Repairing the Breach: A Symposium on Reparations

The Episcopal Diocese of Washington is committed to bravely uncovering, understanding, reckoning with and acting to dismantle racism within ourselves, our faith communities, the diocese and our localities.

Save the date: Bishop Mariann and members of the Diocesan Reparations Task Force invite you to attend Repairing the Breach: A Symposium on Reparations on Saturday, October 1 from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at Calvary Episcopal Church.

We will come together as a diocese to continue our shared work to reckon with our diocesan history of participation in anti-Black racism and learn more about the legacy of benefit we’ve received from that participation. This symposium will lay the groundwork for a resolution publicly acknowledging these harms to be presented and the 2023 Diocesan Convention.

The agenda will include:

  • A call to action from Bishop Mariann
  • A presentation on the diocese’s historical involvement with chattel slavery
  • Lessons from reparations efforts outside the Diocese of Washington
  • Testimonies from diocesan congregations undertaking the difficult work of investigating their own histories with anti-Black racism
  • Insights from Washington area Black community leaders
  • A keynote address from the Rev. Dr. Kelly Brown Douglas, Dean of Episcopal Divinity School at Union Theological Seminary and Canon Theologian at Washington National Cathedral
  • Break-outs groups with role-playing conversations on reparations

Our journey toward repairing the breach will not be without its challenges. Yet our commitment to justice and equity requires that we walk this road of self-discovery, understanding, confession, repentance, and, ultimately, restitution for our institutional involvement with white supremacy.

You’ll leave the day motivated and inspired to further engage this liberating and life-giving gospel work in your own congregations.

Repairing the Breach: A Symposium on Reparations will take place at Calvary Episcopal Church (820 6th St NE, Washington, DC 20002) from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 1. Parking is available, and the Church is metro accessible via Union Station. Lunch is included and participation is free.

Register today!

Questions? Contact the Rev. Peter Jarrett-Schell, chair of the Diocesan Reparations Task Force

Repairing the Breach: Reparations as Healing – EDOW’s Evening with Dr. Catherine Meeks

Repairing the Breach: Reparations as Healing – EDOW’s Evening with Dr. Catherine Meeks

“For the Diocese of Washington reparations is the spiritual practice of the beloved community. It involves a process to remember, repair, restore, and reconcile 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. Reparations is principally concerned with the harms done to those most hard pressed by the system of injustice and speaks to the health of all humanity.”
– Working Definition of Reparations by EDOW Reparations Task Force, 2022

Holding this definition, we are honored to invite you to Repairing the Breach: Reparations as Healing – EDOW’s evening with Dr. Catherine Meeks.

This dynamic presentation & panel discussion will focus on “Repairing the Breach: Reparations as Healing” in an effort to continue laying the foundation for EDOW’s commitment to remembering, reckoning and reconciling our histories pertaining to racism. With such an amazing keynote speaker found in Dr. Catherine Meeks, Director of The Absalom Jones Center for Racial Healing, we knew it would be a gift to put her in conversation with powerful leaders in our community. We are excited to have our local clergy, the Rev. Dr. Gayle Fisher Stewart and the Rev. Peter Jarrett-Schell join as panelists alongside Mr. Don Edwards, a trusted diocesan and wider church colleague and advisor for the work of racial equity & healing. We are in for a treat!

Registration is requested. Please RSVP here.
*Please note, we will observe appropriate COVID-safety protocols for this event.


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