"So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation."
(2 Corinthians 5:17-18)
"Q. What is the ministry of the laity?
"A. The ministry of lay persons is to represent Christ and his Church; to bear witness to him wherever they may be and, according to the gifts given them, to carry on Christ’s work of reconciliation in the world; and to take their place in the life, worship, and governance of the Church." (Book of Common Prayer, p. 855)
"Celebrant: Will you seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving your neighbor as yourself?"
"People: I will, with God’s help."
"Celebrant: Will you strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being."
"People: I will, with God’s help." (Baptismal Covenant, Book of Common Prayer, p. 305)
Reconciliation lies at the heart of what it means to be an Episcopalian; it is simultaneously that which we long for, and that which remains elusive. How do we define the “ministry of reconciliation” in our daily lives and ministries? Are there barriers that may impede our reconciliation with God and one another?
In the ministry of Racial Reconciliation, there are as many perspectives on what reconciliation looks like as there are Episcopalians. While we share the commitment to justice and equity proclaimed in our Baptismal Covenant, the heartfelt and legitimate differences between us can prevent our listening deeply to one another and seeing Christ in one another. Yet, in the face of these differences and challenges, Episcopalians throughout the Church are engaged in important ministries of reconciliation and healing, and are building loving, inclusive, and resilient communities in a diverse range of social, cultural, and political contexts. This page serves as a resource for all people of faith interested in learning more about the work of racial reconciliation, in the Episcopal Church and beyond.
CONTACT: Heidi Kim, Missioner for Racial Reconciliation