Racial Reconciliation

The Racial Reconciliation Commission of the Episcopal Diocese of Louisiana participated in the Wave Rally for Justice in Baton Rouge, Friday, July 8. It was an all youth-led rally that marched from Wesley United Methodist Church in Baton Rouge to the Louisiana State Capitol Building. After the rally, EDoLA's Racial Reconciliation Commission members stood on the steps of the Louisiana State Capitol Building and read a paraphrasing of the Presiding Bishop’s message. (photo courtesy Karen P. Mackey)

“Will you seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving your neighbor as yourself? Will you strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being?” (Baptismal Covenant, Book of Common Prayer, p. 305)

Reconciliation lies at the heart of the Gospel of Jesus Christ; 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? What barriers impede our reconciliation with God and one another?

There are as many perspectives on what racial reconciliation looks like as there are Episcopalians. While we share the commitment to justice and equity as proclaimed in the Baptismal Covenant, heartfelt and legitimate differences between us can prevent our listening deeply to one another and seeing Christ in each another. Yet Episcopalians throughout the Church are engaged in the important work of reconciliation and healing, building loving, inclusive, and resilient communities in a diverse range of social, cultural, and political contexts.

CONTACT: Heidi Kim, Missioner for Racial Reconciliation

Resources for Racial Reconciliation and Justice