Diversity and Reconciliation Commission

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1968 Holy Week Riots in Kansas City, Missouri

10-minute read. April 4, 1968, was a normal workday for me, starting at 8 a.m. and ending around 5:30 p.m. when I would rush in the door and plop down in front of the television for the evening news. At 6:01 p.m. that evening, the world changed for many in America and was on the verge of changing for me.

Juneteenth to become an official federal holiday

One-minute read. As federal employees are granted a paid holiday to celebrate Juneteenth, learn more about this commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States.

Taking Pride – a personal reflection

Two-minute read. For me, Pride Month is about celebrating the grand diversity that God has created in humanity. Pride is a consciousness of the dignity that each of us possesses as a beloved creation of God. It is this particular sense of the word that is meant when we talk about this month celebrating the LGBTQ+ community.

Fall Diversity Workshop: Undoing Racism

This training fulfills the intent of several General Convention resolutions which call for leaders at all levels of The Episcopal Church to receive training on the Church’s teaching about racial diversity as well as other forms of diversity present within the human family.

Diversity Workshop: Undoing Racism

When: Every Saturday, April 17 – May 22, 2021, 10 a.m. – noon
Where: Online Training Sessions via Zoom
Who: Diocese-wide.
The purpose of this workshop is to assist the diocese in eliminating the sin of racism. This training fulfills the intent of several General Convention resolutions, which call for leaders at all levels of The Episcopal Church to receive training on the Church’s teaching about racial diversity and other forms of diversity present within the human family.

Absalom Jones: Unwavering Faith

Four-minute read. Who is this Absalom Jones that Episcopalians celebrate each year in February?

Black History Month. Remembering Anna Julia Haywood Cooper

Five-minute Video. This is the fourth and final video in a series remembering key African American figures in the Episcopal Church and beyond. A new video has been published each Thursday throughout February. This week, Anna Julia Haywood Cooper.

Black History Month. Remembering Thurgood Marshall

Five-minute Video. This is the third in a series of four weekly videos remembering key African American figures in the Episcopal Church and beyond. A new video will be published each Thursday throughout February. This week, Thurgood Marshall.

Black History Month. Remembering Absalom Jones

Four-minute Video. This is the second in a series of four weekly videos remembering key African American figures in the Episcopal Church and beyond. A new video will be published each Thursday throughout February. This week, Absalom Jones.

Black History Month. Remembering Edward Thomas Demby

Five-minute Video. This is the first in a series of four weekly videos remembering key African American figures in the Episcopal Church and beyond. A new video will be published each Thursday throughout February. This week, Edward Thomas Demby.

The [Mis]concept[ion] of Race

Two-Minute read. Learning transforms because it informs. February is Black History Month, celebrate in part by reading about the [Mis]concept[ion] of race, and open the way for conversation.

Book Study-“Just Mercy”

Three-minute read. The Diversity and Reconciliation Commission of The Diocese of West Missouri has successfully completed its first book study using “Just Mercy” by Bryan Stevenson. Thirty-six individuals and the entire Vestry of Calvary Church, Sedalia participated in this enlightening and powerful discussion over Zoom.

Racial reconciliation program from The Episcopal Church open to all

Two-minute read. July 28-30, 3-5 p.m. CDT, Online gathering.

Racial justice and healing leaders and practitioners across The Episcopal Church will gather to build community, craft strategy and equip each other for action during a series of “Becoming Beloved Community NOW” online gatherings.

Aviso: La siguiente información se presenta en inglés y en español

Anti-racism covenant launched

Three-minute read.Over the past month, 14 bishops of The Episcopal Church and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, including our bishop, the Rt. Rev. Martin S. Field, have worked together to produce an anti-racism covenant.

Juneteenth — liturgy and history

Two-minute read. In 2015, the 126th Diocesan Convention passed a resolution regarding the response of the Episcopal churches in West Missouri to the ongoing sin of Racism. One of the provisions was the use the service closest to “Juneteenth” as an opportunity to remind ourselves of the constant vigilance needed to address racism.

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