The Episcopal Diocese of Virginia
Committee on Race and Reconciliation

Co-Chairs: Ellyn Crawford and the Rev. David Niemeyer
Staff Liaison: Buck Blanchard, 800-DIOCESE x16 
To email the committee click here

The committee's report to the diocese, and General Convention, on the impact of slavery and its aftermath is available. You can download the report (PDF) Meet Me in Galilee Beginning the Journey from Repentance toReconciliation A History of Racism and Race in theDiocese of Virginia. The report is being prepared in response to resolution A143 of General Convention 2009.

The mission of the Committee on Race and Reconciliation is to support the Diocese, its churches, committees, commissions and related organizations in eliminating racism and encouraging cultural diversity, recognizing and incorporating the diverse & enriching gifts of all races and cultures.

The key question: What can we do to be anti-racists in our church, in our neighborhoods, and in our state?

The Committee has four mutually supporting functions:

1. It conducts anti-racism training for diocesan and congregational leadership, as mandated by General Convention, using the "Seeing the Face of God in Each Other" curriculum.

2. Many Faces - One Faith is our educational and information materials for presentations and discussions such as for congregations to use in adult forums.

3. In response to the charge of General Convention to each diocese, the Committee is preparing a report on the history of slavery and discrimination in the state, and the role played by the diocese. A our report is available for download (PDF).

4. The committee is studying how the diocese can become an anti-racist multi-cultural organization. Where are we on the continuum of seeing racial and cultural differences as deficits, being able to tolerate difference, and seeing differences as assets.

For more information, to express interest or support, or to inquire about receiving anti-racism training or how to organize a forum at your church contact our diocesan staff liason, Buck Blanchard, or his assistant Mary Anne Bryant and they will have a member of the committee contact you. Or click here to email the committee directly.

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