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We Won't Turn Back
By Stephanie Spellers

Presiding Bishop Curry and Bishops Diane Jardin Bruce and Sean Rowe lead the House of Bishops’ deliberations. Photo credit: Episcopal Church Office of Communication

Racial justice, reconciliation, and healing topped the agenda of the 80th General Convention, held July 8-11 in Baltimore. The clear message: we’re not turning back or slowing down our work to become Beloved Community. 
 
Our team is devoting this July newsletter to providing you with inspiration and updates from the historic gathering, along with important news for events this summer and fall. What will you find this month?  

  • If your diocese, congregation, or ministry is engaged in truth-telling and reparations at any level, you’ll be grateful for this closer look at the work and witness of the Diocese of Maryland. 
  • We’ve created a round-up of all the approved legislation that affects Becoming Beloved Community and racial justice, healing, and reconciliation ministries, including the historic resolutions to investigate and heal the wounds of Indigenous boarding schools and to establish a long-term, volunteer coalition to expand the church’s work for racial justice and equity. 
  • The final section on “Summer Events and Reminders” provides links for new resources and upcoming gatherings, including a Sacred Ground webinar about General Convention and race and a new book from the House of Bishops Theology Committee.  
Keep the faith,
Canon Stephanie+

 
Canon Stephanie Spellers serves as Presiding Bishop Michael Curry’s Canon for Evangelism, Reconciliation and Creation Care.
A Diocesan Journey toward Truth and Transformation

As convention host, the Diocese of Maryland got to invite the whole church to learn about a ministry that defines their life together. For Maryland, that ministry is racial reconciliation and healing.

Successful Racial Justice, Healing and Reconciliation-related Legislation

Race-related resolutions poured into the General Convention from dioceses, committees, task forces, and other bodies. We’ve curated this list of resolutions passed and concurred by both houses of General Convention. Items in bold seemed to spark the most conversation or had significant funding implications. Please note: the full budget approved by Convention did not necessarily include funding for all the resolutions that passed.  

If you'd like to submit an article or reflection, please email reconciliation@episcopalchurch.org

SUMMER EVENTS AND REMINDERS

The Sacred Ground community will host several can’t-miss webinars and gatherings this summer: 
  • Tuesday, July 19, at 3-4:30 p.m. ET: “General Convention and Race webinar.” Meet the Episcopal leaders who crafted many of the race-related resolutions and strategies that defined General Convention, and discover ways to engage this important work at the local level. We will also review the new Sessions 10 and 11 for discerning action after Sacred Ground. Register for 7/19 webinar here
  • Saturday, September 10, 1-2 p.m. ET: Sacred Ground Facilitators of Color Support Network (formerly Sacred Ground People of Color Facilitators Affinity Group). To register, email Krista Bradley, kristabrad25@gmail.com, or Jo Ann Williams, bjwilli@surewest.net.
  • Thursday, September 15, at 1-2:30 p.m. ET: “Fall Kickoff with Presiding Bishop Michael Curry.” Bishop Curry joins to offer insights and a blessing for everyone on the Sacred Ground journey. Be sure to invite participants, leaders and anyone involved with Sacred Ground. Register for 9/15 webinar here.
Realizing Beloved Community
Edited by Allen Shin and Larry Benfield, this new, bilingual book from Church Publishing gathers and seamlessly weaves together three recent reports of the House of Bishops Theology Committee: “White Supremacy, the Beloved Community, and Learning to Listen”, “Reparations and Beloved Community” and “The Doctrine of Discovery and Beloved Community.” A free study guide by the Racial Justice and Reconciliation staff team helps individuals and small groups to explore and apply the book’s insights to their own contexts. 

Coming and Continuing This Fall
  • Gathering and network of all diocesan-level racial justice leaders (staff and volunteer) 
  • Network opportunities for truth-telling and reckoning ministries   
  • Inventory of racial justice and reconciliation ministries 
  • (early fall) Postings for two Episcopal Church staff positions: Manager for Racial Justice and Reconciliation, and Staff Associate for Justice and Reconciliation  
  • Ongoing Racial Justice Audit engagement  
  • (late fall) Opening of Becoming Beloved Community grant cycle

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