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November 15, 2013

[Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs press release] “Let us dream of a world where every family, language, people, and nation is gathered in the commonwealth of God,” Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori said at the groundbreaking public forum Fifty Years Later: The State of Racism...

November 11, 2013

[Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs press release] A new national poll commissioned by the Episcopal Church has found that nearly all Americans (98 percent) feel that there is at least some discrimination in the United States today.

In addition, African-American respondents (49...

September 12, 2013

By: Lifelong Formation

For the past several months I have been working on the November 15 event, Fifty Years Later: The State of Racism in America, hosted by The Episcopal Church and the Diocese of Mississippi and live-streamed from St. Andrew’s Episcopal Cathedral in Jackson, Mississippi.

It has been both a...

September 12, 2013

By: Lifelong Formation

Hopefully, by now you have heard about the landmark November 15 forum, Fifty Years Later: The State of Racism in America, live streamed from St. Andrew’s Episcopal Cathedral in Jackson, Mississippi, and sponsored by the Episcopal Church and the Diocese of Mississippi.

The Presiding...

September 11, 2013

By: Lifelong Formation

Today I am pleased to welcome Ryan K. Smith as guest blogger. Ryan is a freelance writer, primarily for the Chester/Community Spirit Newspaper in Delaware County, Pennsylvania. He is a lifelong Episcopalian and member of St. George St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, Philadelphia. More of his work...

August 26, 2013

[Episcopal Diocese of Connecticut] On August 28, 1963 a quarter of a million people joined the March on Washington for freedom, equality, and human rights. That day, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. inspired our nation with words of challenge, determination, and hope: “I have a dream…” That...

August 25, 2013

[Diocese of Connecticut] The Rev. Amy Welin started as the newly called priest-in-charge of St. John’s, Waterbury, in September 2012. A few months after that, Amy recalled in a phone interview, she received a call from the recently retired director of the Mattatuck Museum in Waterbury, Marie...

August 18, 2013

[Washington National Cathedral press release] Washington National Cathedral has announced plans to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom and the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech. From joining the commemorative...

July 23, 2013

By: Lifelong Formation

Standing here in the aftermath of the Trayvon Martin case, it seems to me that now is the time for faith communities to host conversations about civil rights, race, diversity, privilege, and forgiveness.

As you know, the dialogue is happening everywhere. Here are links to...

July 17, 2013

[Episcopal News Service] I was told by a relative yesterday that he watched news of the Zimmerman verdict along with his eleven-year-old daughter.  My young niece owns five hoodies, is 5’11” tall, and weighs 135 pounds.  Her dad said that as the news of George Zimmerman’s acquittal came across...

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