(from the perspective of a white woman, with thanks to Dr. Catherine Meeks, Executive Director of the Absalom Jones Episcopal Center for Racial Justice) “What will God do with us when we have listened to the truth?” What a profound query woven through scripture. "Pilgrimage", a sacred journey taken with an intent to encounter God, is an opportunity to wrestle with such questions. An outgrowth of EJI’s years of legal work representing the poor, marginalized, and wrongly conde
In October, members of the Episcopal Diocese of the Central Gulf Coast’s Commission on Racial Justice and Reconciliation and the Episcopal Diocese of Alabama’s Commission on Truth, Justice and Racial Healing assisted Presiding Bishop Michael Curry, President of the House of Deputies Gay Jennings, Secretary to the General Convention Michael Barlowe, Canon for Creation Care, Evangelism and Racial Reconciliation Stephanie Spellers, Social Justice and Engagement Officer Chuck Wyn
The Commission on Racial Justice & Reconciliation, in recognition of Indigenous People’s Day, would like to share the following excerpt from the book*, "The Four Vision Quests of Jesus", by the Rt. Rev. Steven Charleston. It illustrates how much we can learn by seeing the Gospel through the eyes of Native American tradition. "The Incarnation is God’s vision quest. That sentence is the most concise way to express the doctrine of the Incarnation from the Native American viewpoi
On Saturday, June 23, 2018, the Commission on Racial Justice & Reconciliation met at the diocesan School of Ministry, located at St. Agatha’s in DeFuniak Spring, Florida. One of its key matters to address was to continue collaborative discussions toward formally adopting its mission statement to guide the Commission’s actions. The mission statement reads as follows: “As members of the Jesus Movement, our mission is to dismantle individual and institutional racism by sharing r
The Episcopal Church and the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta have partnered to create and host a center of expertise focusing on the work of racial healing and its formal dedication ceremony held on October 11, 2017 was a glorious event. The Center for Racial Healing will be based in The Absalom Jones Episcopal Center located on the Moorehouse College Campus in Atlanta.
The new director of the Center for Racial Healing is Dr. Catherine Meeks who is well known not only in The E
This year's annual observance of Jonathan Daniels and the Martyrs of Alabama is Saturday, August 12th in Hayneville, Alabama. It was one of those days that no matter how much I tried, I could not escape the scorching heat of an August sun. It was hot; it was crowded; it was uncomfortable. It became uncomfortable while standing at the jail and someone read aloud an account of the conditions Daniels and his friends endured. Then we made our way to the store where Daniels was