Diocese of Southwestern Virginia
Sponsored a series of talks across the diocese, "Pursuing Beloved Community: Continuing Conversations on Race". These talks and pursuant discussion, were live streamed and then later used to develop a 5-part series for adult formation, (available by Lent 2018) to deepen engagement with the work of racial reconciliation int he name of Christ.
There are 4 initiatives being "rolled out" in 2018: "Claiming our Stories" (anti-racism education); "Allyship" training and follow-up "Allyship in Action" groups; reconciliation pilgrimages within the diocese; and story sharing events (incorporating paperless singing when possible per "Music that Makes Community").
Diocese of Maryland
Resolution on Racial Reconciliation passes unanimously at 235th diocesan convention (Diocese of Maryland). Programs such as our Sutton Scholars program are included in the below article and accompanying study materials. https://marylandepiscopalian.org/2019/05/17/resolution-on-racial-reconciliations-passes-unanimously-at-235th-diocesan-convention/ Trail of Souls - www.trailofsouls.org -
Please check out this site. It is a project of our diocese and an important part of our truth telling. On the Trail of Souls – Not just for a day…for a lifetime The Episcopal Churches of Maryland commemorated the 150th anniversary of the official abolishment of chattel slavery in Maryland on All Saints’ Day, Nov. 1, 2014, with the Trail of Souls: Truth and Reconciliation Pilgrimage. This day-long journey visited five Maryland sites with strong ties the both slavery and the Episcopal Church. But this was just the beginning. An online pilgrimage of 26 churches and diocesan sites found on this website is a virtual tour and living legacy that is destined to grow in scope and participation.
The Trail of Souls offers a chance to visit the Episcopal Churches of Maryland and witness them in a new light – looking at the legacy of slavery and the impact it still bears witness to today. As more churches discover and write their history they will be added to the web portal.