Racial Justice & Healing Ministry

The Rev. Tom Purdy leads a group of Episcopalians on May 8 in walking to the Glynn County courthouse in Brunswick, Georgia, for a demonstration over the killing of Ahmaud Arbery. Click here to read the Episcopal News Service article.

“I give you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, so you also must love each other. This is how everyone will know that you are my disciples, when you love each other.” (Jn. 13:34-35)

OUR MISSION: Rooted in the life of Jesus Christ, the Racial Justice and Healing ministry follows the path of The Episcopal Church’s Becoming Beloved Communityto dismantle racism and heal our world one relationship at a time. This path is deeply rooted in our Baptismal promises (BCP, 304).
 
Think of this transformative work as a life-long journey along the winding path of a labyrinth. As we walk the path, we travel around corners, make sharp turns, pass fellow travelers, and double back into quadrants we have visited before and yet now see fresh revelations, perspectives, and challenges. 
 
The path of Becoming Beloved Community leads us through four interrelated commitments drawn directly from our Baptismal promises (Becoming 3, and The Book of Common Prayer, p. 304).
 
Telling the truth about our churches and race
Proclaiming the dream of the beloved community
Practicing the way of Love in the pattern of Jesus
Repairing the breach in institutions and society
 
Come and follow the path in community with others in our diocese. We seek your prayers, engagement, and active support. We invite your inquiries and indications of interest as you begin or come alongside ongoing ministries. To learn more, explore the growing list of resources on this page or directly contact the Racial Justice and Healing Committee through our co-Chairs, John+ Jenkins and Karen Cote, at jjenkins@saintpauls.org.
 
For additional online resources, click here.
For more information on a parish-wide program, click here.
 
WHAT IS COMING IN 2021? 
 
#1 A commitment to create authentic relationships with members of every parish with the committee’s representatives in each diocesan convocation. 
 
#2 Education and ministries that equip all of us to become more alive in our Baptismal life in Christ as we “grow a community of reconcilers, justice-makers, and healers” (Becoming, 5).