Racial Reconciliation, Healing, and Justice-making
Responding to Racist Violence
Presiding Bishop: Faith leader letter urging Congress to address poverty and racism (April 15, 2020)
Rebecca Blachly, Director of OGR: Faith leader letter calling on Congress to Enact Policing Reforms and Address the Racial Income and Wealth Gap (June 8, 2020)
Many aspects of responding to COVID-19 have racial justice implications. See more on COVID-19 for more information.
Becoming Beloved Community
As the Episcopal branch of the Jesus Movement, we dream and work to foster Beloved Communities where all people may experience dignity and abundant life and see themselves and others as beloved children of God.
The Becoming Beloved Community Vision Document and accompanying resources help us to understand and take up the long-term commitments necessary to form loving, liberating and life-giving relationships with each other. Together, we are growing as reconcilers, justice-makers, and healers in the name of Christ. The work of policy advocacy factors most into healing and justice-making elements of this broader work.
One of the entry points into this framework is "Repairing the Breach in Society and Institutions," which asks:
- What institutions and systems are broken?
- How will we participate in repair, restoration, and healing of people, institutions, and systems?
Responding to these questions requires engaging in public policy advocacy as a means of healing and justice-making. The Office challenges long-established policies that perpetuate systemic racism and injustice and strives to change legislation that continues to harm communities of color. The Episcopal Church aims to bring a perspective of transformation to public policy in order to heal communities that have been the most marginalized and discriminated against.
Check out the full Becoming Beloved Community framework.
The work of promoting and fostering racial justice and healing often involves advocacy that includes concern for care of the environment, immigration, foreign assistance, and anti-poverty programs. Discussion about reparations raised foundational issues about justice, reconciliation, healing and advocacy.
The Episcopal Church believes the discussion about reparations involves repairing the legacy of slavery and racism that remains present across public policies. A complex web of public policies, at every level of government, is directly and indirectly responsible for creating and sustaining a system of segregation from the nation’s founding. This reality informs The Episcopal Church’s call for a national commission to study, uncover, and propose solutions to this system. Doing so will require social, economic, and moral changes in order to bring the nation closer to its ideals and to the loving, liberating and life-giving God intends for us.
Check out what the Church has been up to, and how you can take action with us.
Reparations Hearing on HR 40
In June 2019, Bishop Sutton of the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland and Episcopalian and documentary film maker Katrina Browne both testified in a hearing on reparations in the House of Representatives. The Office of Government Relations supported the Bishop's presence there in this work. Check out the resources below to learn more about why reparations are needed and how they might be implemented.
- Bishop Sutton's pastoral letter on reparations
- ENS: Episcopalians testify in support of slavery reparations bill in House Judiciary subcommittee hearing
- WATCH: Full hearing is available on C-SPAN--Bishop Sutton's remarks begin around 1:17:36
- Bishop Sutton later appeared on Fox News with Tucker Carlson
Take action with Bishop Sutton by speaking out for HR 40.