Historical Components

It is important to understand where one has been so that mistakes of the

past are not repeated and steps can be taken to grow in a positive direction.

The history of racism in the church should be included in any anti-racism and

racial reconciliation training. Specifically,

  • History of Racism in the Episcopal Church

  • Canonical Requirements for anti-racism training

  • "The Church’s Contemporary response to Racism” (Research Report)

  • General Convention resolutions relating to racial justice

  • Pastoral Letters written by the House of Bishops Historical Didactical

  • Activities 10

  • “Becoming Beloved Community”

It is important for participants in an Episcopal Church sponsored event to

know that these exist, and to be aware of the evolving understanding that

they represent. It does not make sense to spend considerable time

dissecting them in training. Copies and references can be given to

participants for their use as needed. For people in the ordination process,

the place to cover these documents in detail is in seminary.


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Didactical Components

Besides the historical information described in the previous section, non-church nonhistorical didactical (i.e. informational) knowledge needed to combat the sin of racism from an Episcopal Church perspective includes:

  • The Episcopal Church Baptismal Covenant

  • Essential Concepts

  • Tenants of Racial Reconciliation

  • Intersectionality

  • The Doctrine of Discovery

  • Skills for Becoming Co-conspirators in Racial Reconciliation


Activity Components

Activities should be included as a way of exploring and reinforcing the concepts covered and practicing putting those concepts into use to develop and improve relationships between God’s people. To that end, activities in the following areas should be included:

  • Prayer, Reflection, and Confession (Feedback to Self/Others)

  • Creating “Safe Spaces”

  • Learning Check-ins (Lessons Learned)

  • Customized Activities

  • Next Steps

Recommended Resources

Recommended Bibliography of Cultural Competency/Anti-Racism/White Privilege

  • Barndt, Joseph. Dismantling Racism, The Continuing Challenge to White America. Minneapolis, MN: Augsburg Fortress, 1991. 

  • Bennett, Milton J. Basic Concepts of Intercultural Communication. Yarmouth, MN: Intercultural Press, Inc., 1998.

  • Black, Kathy. Worship Across Cultures. Nashville, TN: Abingdon Press, 1998.

  • DiAngelo. White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism. Boston, MA: Beacon Press, 2018

  • Douglas, Ian T., editor. Waging Reconciliation: God’s Mission in a Time of Globalization and Crisis. New York: Church Publishing, Inc. 2002

  • Foster, Charles R. Embracing Diversity. Herndon, VA: Alban Institute, Inc., 1997.

  • Harvey, Jennifer, et al, editors. Disrupting White Supremacy From Within: White People on What We need to Do. Cleveland OH: Pilgrim Press. 2004.

  • Hobgood, Mary Elizabeth. Dismantling Privilege: An Ethics of Accountability. Cleveland: Pilgrim Press, 2000

  • Howard, Gary R. We Can’t Teach What We Don’t Know. New York, NY: Teacher’s College Press, 1999.

  • Jarett-Schell, Peter. Seeing My Skin: A Story of Wrestling with Whiteness. New York: Church Publishing, Inc. 2019.

  • Kendi, Ibram X. How to Be Antiracist. London, UK: One World, 2019

  • Kivel, Paul. Uprooting Racism: How White People Can Work for Racial Justice. New Society Publishers, 2002

  • Kondrath, William M. God’s Tapestry: Understanding and Celebrating Differences. Herndon VA: Alban Institute, 2008.

  • Kujawa-Holbrook, Sheryl A. A House of Prayer for All Peoples: Congregations Building Multiracial Community. Herndon, VA: Alban Institute. 2002.

  • Law, Eric H. F. The Wolf Shall Dwell with the Lamb, Spirituality for Leadership in a Multicultural Community. St. Louis, MO: Chalice Press, 1993.

  • Law, Eric H.F. The Bush is Blazing But Not Consumed. St. Louis, MO: Chalice Press, 1996.

  • Law, Eric. H. F. Inclusion, Making Room for Grace. St. Louis, MO: Chalice Press, 2000.

  • Law, Eric H.F. Sacred Acts, Holy Change, Faithful Diversity and Practical Transformation. St. Louis, MO: Chalice Press, 2002. 

  • Law, Eric H.F. The WORD at the Crossings, Living the Good News in a Multicultural Context. St. Louis, MO: Chalice Press, 2004.

  • McSpadden, Lucia Ann. Meeting God at the Boundaries, Cross-Cultural—Cross-Racial Clergy Appointments. Nashville, TN: General Board of Higher Education and Ministry, 2003. 

  • McSpadden, Lucia Ann. Meeting God at the Boundaries, A Manual For Church Leaders. Nashville TN: General Board of Higher Education and Ministry, 2006.

  • Meeks, Catherine, ed. Living into God’s Dream: Dismantling Racism in America. New York NY: Morehouse Publishing, 2016.

  • Rhoads, David. The Challenge of Diversity: The Witness of Paul and the Gospels. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 1996

  • Singh, Anneliese A. The Racial Healing Handbook. New Harbinger Publications, 2019.

  • Takaki, Ronald. A Different Mirror: A History of Multicultural America. Boston: Little, Brown and Co., 1993

  • Ting-Toomey, Stella. Communicating Across Cultures. New York, NY: Guilford Press, 1999.

  • Thomas, Jr., R. Roosevelt. Building a House for Diversity. R. Tomas and Associates, Inc., 1999.

  • McIntosh, Peggy. Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack. (Google Peggy McIntosh, White Privilege to find this on the Web; one PDF file of this article can be found here, among other locations.)



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