The church pays tribute to this legacy by supporting and fostering the growth of black congregations through partnerships that reach across ethnic and racial boundaries, from the Episcopal provinces, dioceses, and deaneries to local parishes. Through the Recruitment, Training, and Development Program, black postulants and candidates for ministry are empowered and encouraged to seek vocations in lay and ordained ministries. This program offers an annual conference to provide historical perspectives of black Episcopalians in the church, leadership training, opportunities for networking, and mentoring for ongoing education and spiritual growth.
Challenging the Silence of Good People
What MLK’s Letter from Birmingham Jail Means for the Church Today
In his Letter from Birmingham Jail, Martin Luther King decried “the silence of good people” — particularly the church leaders of his day who urged silence and political disengagement amidst racist civil rights abuses.
In partnership with the Episcopal Church Office of Black Ministries, Episcopal Divinity School at Union is holding a panel discussion on the significance of MLK’s Letter in today’s extraordinary political climate. This event will feature Ray Suarez, former senior correspondent on The Newshour, Ronald C. Byrd, Missioner for Black Ministries in the Episcopal Church, Serene Jones, President of Union Theological Seminary, Kelly Brown Douglas, Dean of Episcopal Divinity School at Union, Amy Butler, Pastor of Riverside Church, Frederick A. Davie, Executive Vice President of Union, Gary Dorrien, Reinhold Niebuhr Professor of Social Ethics.
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