Diversity and Reconciliation Commission

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Fall 2022 Diversity Workshop: Undoing Racism

When: Saturday, September 24, 2022, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Where: Church of the Good Shepherd, Kansas City and St. John’s Episcopal Church, Springfield.
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.

West Missouri chapter of the Union of Black Episcopalians (UBE)

One-minute read. It is time to begin the process of starting a UBE chapter here in our diocese.

The need for a UBE chapter in West Missouri has been discussed by various people off and on, and Bishop Bruce has strongly urged that this become a reality.

Juneteenth — A personal reflection

Four-minute read. Stephanie Hasty reflects on Juneteenth, — June 19, the date that Major General Gordon Granger read General Order 3 to the people of Galveston, Texas. It was then, two years after The Emancipation Proclamation was signed, that every enslaved person in the United States was free and knew it.

Spring Diversity Workshop: Undoing Racism

When: Two Saturday Workshops: April 23 & 30, 2022 | 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Where: Online
Who: Diocese-wide
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.

Black History Month, Week Four. Allan Rohan Crite

Six-minute video. In this fourth and final video in this year’s series remembering key African American figures in the Episcopal Church and beyond, we remember artist Allan Rohan Crite.

Black History Month, Week Three. The Rt. Rev. Barbara Harris

Five-minute video. This is the third in the 2022 series of four weekly videos remembering key African American figures in the Episcopal Church and beyond. A new video will be published each Thursday for four weeks from February 10, 2022.

Black History Month. The Rev. Dr. Harold Lewis

Six-minute video. This is the second in the 2022 series of four weekly videos remembering key African American figures in the Episcopal Church and beyond. A new video will be published each Thursday for four weeks from February 10, 2022.

Black History Month. The Rev. George Freeman Bragg

Seven-minute video. This is the first in the 2022 series of four weekly videos remembering key African American figures in the Episcopal Church and beyond. A new video will be published each Thursday for four weeks starting February 10, 2022.

Live Broadcast — Blessed Absalom Jones Celebration

90-minute video. On Sunday, February 6, 2022, a service celebrating Absalom Jones was held at St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church, Kansas City. The service included recorded video messages from the Union of Black Episcopalians, and Presiding Bishop Michael Curry.

National Day of Racial Healing

When: Tuesday, 18 2022.
A Day of Prayer and Fasting, The Diversity and Reconciliation Commission asks each church to open their doors or virtually have the opportunity for many to pray together.

Justice: Indigenous People

One-Minute read. Love is something we do. Let us refuse to demonize those who disagree with us. Let us try our best to make our words and actions a witness to the world. Because, the love that acts to care for vulnerable people imparts the love God has for all.

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.

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