The Annual Appeal: Racial Reconciliation
The BLESS Annual Appeal supports The Episcopal Church’s programs to repair the deep wounds of racial division within and beyond our church communities.
The Episcopal Church is committed to eliminating the sin of racism from the life of the Church. Through grants and outreach, the Church actively supports the work of Becoming Beloved Community. Our long-term commitment to racial healing, justice, and reconciliation includes developing and recommending best practices for dismantling racism training and collecting information from dioceses and provinces about their successes and challenges in fulfilling this bedrock mission.
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Loving – Together, we are growing as reconcilers, justice-makers, and healers in the name of Christ.
Liberating – Telling the Truth, Proclaiming the Dream
Life-Giving – The Beloved Community StorySharing Campaign seeks to help faith communities and individuals to share and receive stories of faith, race, and difference and to become more effective healers, reconcilers, and ambassadors of Christ in the world.
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From Public Affairs
- The Cultural Conundrum of the Indigenous ChristianThe Rev. Rachel Taber Hamilton shares an intimate story about becoming Christian in a community harmed by Christianity.
- Churches Beyond Borders calls for education, solidarity around Doctrine of DiscoveryChurches Beyond Borders—comprising The Episcopal Church, Anglican Church of Canada, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, and the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Canada—is calling for a day of commemoration, truth and healing on Sept. 30 in solidarity with Indigenous people and other marginalized communities.
- Episcopal Church announces 2021 ‘Becoming Beloved Community’ grant recipientsTwenty-seven Becoming Beloved Community grants supporting the work of racial healing, justice and reconciliation were awarded by The Episcopal Church’s Executive Council during its June 25-28 meeting. The grants total $220,450.
- On anniversary of George Floyd’s murder, Episcopalians invited to remembrance, actionIn keeping with the vision of Becoming Beloved Community, The Episcopal Church offers three ways this week to commemorate the one-year anniversary of George Floyd’s murder and to participate in reflections and action steps.
- Episcopal Church Releases Racial Justice Audit of LeadersAfter two years and more than 1,300 surveys, the ground-breaking Racial Justice Audit of Episcopal Leadership is now available to the wider church and public. The audit identifies nine “patterns” of systemic racism – ranging from the historical context of church leadership to current power dynamics — that will also be highlighted in three public webinars in May and June.