Diversity and Reconciliation Commission

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West Missouri Union of Black Episcopalians statement on the shooting of Ralph Yarl

One-minute read. The Union of Black Episcopalians chapter in The Diocese of West Missouri is saddened and outraged by the shooting of Ralph Yarl. We extend our deepest sympathies to his family and loved ones, and stand in solidarity with the community that has been left heartbroken by this senseless act of violence.

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Black History Month. Michael B. Curry

Five-minute video. Watch the fourth and final video in the 2023 series recognizing key African American figures in the Episcopal Church and beyond. Michael Curry is the Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church, the first African American to hold the position. As Presiding Bishop, Curry has been a prominent voice on social justice issues, and has advocated for marriage equality and immigration reform.

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Black History Month. Harry T. Burleigh

Five-minute video. This is the third in the 2023 series of videos recognizing key African American figures in the Episcopal Church and beyond. Henry Thacker (Harry) Burleigh (December 2, 1866 – September 12, 1949) is a renowned American composer, baritone singer and was a life-long Episcopalian. He is known for his arrangements of the spirituals of enslaved African Americans, which he collected and transcribed during his travels throughout the South. his music has had a lasting impact on African American music.

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Black History Month. Colin Powell

Seven-minute video. This is the second in the 2023 series of videos recognizing key African American figures in the Episcopal Church and beyond. Colin Powell (April 5, 1937 – October 18, 2021), was a lifelong Episcopalian and an esteemed public servant who has had a lasting impact on global affairs.

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Black History Month. Pauli Murray

Seven-minute video. This is the first in the 2023 series of videos remembering key African American figures in the Episcopal Church and beyond. Pauli Murray (November 20, 1910 – July 1, 1985), She was an architect of the civil-rights struggle — and the women’s movement. Why haven’t we heard of her?

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Spring 2023 Diversity Workshop: Undoing Racism

When: Saturday, April 29, 2022, 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Where: St. Philip’s Episcopal Church,706 Byers Ave, Joplin, MO 64801
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.

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Recording & Photographs – A Celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Three-minute read, 105-minute video. On Saturday, January 14, the diocese held its first annual service in celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., at Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral, Kansas City. The recording of the service includes a 1967 interview with the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., made 11 months before he was assassinated, and an extract from a sermon he delivered at the Washington National Cathedral.

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Blessed Absalom Jones Celebration

When: Sunday, February 5, 2023, at 4 p.m. Where: St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church, Kansas City. Join the people of St. Augustine’s in a celebration of the Blessed Absalom Jones. This year’s celebration includes guest preacher the Rt. Rev. Deon Johnson, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Missouri, and St. Augustine’s liturgical dancers.

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Eighteen of West Missouri’s Episcopal Churches to open for prayer on the National Day of Racial Healing

One-minute read. Eighteen of West Missouri’s Episcopal Churches will be opening their doors on Tuesday, January 17 from 9 a.m. until noon for people to pray and reflect during the National Day of Racial Healing. Churches in Belton, Independence, Joplin, Kansas City, Lee’s Summit, Liberty, Sedalia, Springfield, and St. Joseph will be taking part.

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A Celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. / Una celebración del Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

When: Saturday, January 14, 2023, at 4 p.m.
Where: Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral, 415 W 13th St., Kansas City, MO 64105
The Rt. Rev. Kym Lucas, Bishop of Colorado will be the guest preacher and celebrant at the service to be held on Saturday, January 14, 2023, at 4 p.m., at Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral.

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