I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another.—John 13:34 (NRSV)
As the Episcopal branch of the Jesus Movement, we dream and work to foster Beloved Communities where all people may experience dignity and abundant life and see themselves and others as beloved children of God. The Becoming Beloved Community Vision Document and accompanying resources help us to understand and take up the long-term commitments necessary to form loving, liberating and life-giving relationships with each other. Together, we are growing as reconcilers, justice-makers, and healers in the name of Christ.
For Children: 20 Picture Books for 2020: Readings to Embrace Race, Provide Solace & Do Good
For adults, please see the following list. Although not complete, this is a good list to get you started in understanding systemic racism in America.
158 RESOURCES TO UNDERSTAND RACISM IN AMERICA
These articles, videos, podcasts and websites from the Smithsonian chronicle the history of anti-black violence and inequality in the United States
What can I do? This is the question Ryan Whitley, Rector of St. Thomas Episcopal Church and Dr. Valerie Cooper, Associate Professor of Religion and Society and Black Church Studies at Duke Divinity School, explore together. Listen here
Sacred Ground is a film- and readings-based dialogue series on race, grounded in faith. Small groups are invited to walk through chapters of America’s history of race and racism, while weaving in threads of family story, economic class, and political and regional identity.
The 10-part series is built around a powerful online curriculum of documentary films and readings that focus on Indigenous, Black, Latino, and Asian/Pacific American histories as they intersect with European American histories. Explore the curriculum here
Sacred Ground is part of Becoming Beloved Community, The Episcopal Church’s long-term commitment to racial healing, reconciliation, and justice in our personal lives, our ministries, and our society. This series is open to all, and especially designed to help white people talk with other white people. Participants are invited to peel away the layers that have contributed to the challenges and divides of the present day – all while grounded in our call to faith, hope and love.
The Archives of the Episcopal Church has resources documenting the Episcopal Church’s history in the struggle for justice, including timelines and audio/video recordings.