We are committed to racial justice and reconciliation as people of faith in response to the systemic racism inherent in our nation as well as in our own institutions. This commitment stems from our baptismal promises and Jesus’ call to resist evil, strive for justice and peace, and respect the dignity of every human being, loving our neighbors as ourselves.
The Racial Justice & Reconciliation Task Force (RJRTF)
The RJRTF formed in early 2021 to further the goal of pursuing racial justice through: education; community and relationship building; advocacy and action. Meetings are monthly via Zoom and are open to all members of the diocese.
To participate or for more information, contact Jill Henderson: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sacred Ground is the Episcopal Church’s film- & reading-based series which creates space for difficult but respectful and transformative dialogue on race, racism & faith. Learn more about the Sacred Ground Curriculum here.
Here is what our own Bishop Susan Brown Snook says about Sacred Ground: “This Sacred Groundwork is holy work – it is how we do the important work of reconciliation that we are all called to experience in Christ and with each other. I have found the experience to be eye-opening, vulnerable, and personally transformative. I hope that all Episcopalians will have a chance to engage in this holy ministry of reconciliation.”
The RJRTF supports Sacred Ground across the Diocese of San Diego in two main ways:
- Organizing of diocesan Sacred Ground circles.
- Supporting individual congregations in organizing their own circles.
For more details, and to learn about upcoming circles, visit our Sacred Ground page here.
Localized Anti-Racism Knowledge is a one-day EDSD-grown workshop that will be coming soon. Its main aim is to consider elements of our region’s racial and ethnic history and to examine relevant local issues via multiple stories and viewpoints. It is intended to help participants consider the pitfalls of viewing things from a single story or lens and thus increase awareness of the complexity of race-related issues in our region. Discussion and group exercises will be used to examine these issues and to devise a specific plan of action for local racial justice, healing, and reconciliation and thus Becoming Beloved Community where we are. Learn more about Becoming Beloved Community here.
If you are interested in helping to test-pilot LARK, contact Mae Chao: email@example.com
A diocesan-wide rollout of LARK is in the works for late Spring 2023. Stay tuned for updates in the diocesan e-newsletter.
Study, read, watch, and explore various sources of information related to racial justice and reconciliation. You can download the entire list of suggestions via the link below: