The Commission leads a 14-hour training grounded in Biblical scripture and based on Episcopal Church teaching. The training is open to all persons who would like to deepen their understanding of racism, prejudice, and privilege — and offers strategies to confront them. It is mandatory for clergy, wardens, and other designated leaders of the Episcopal Diocese of Missouri, but will be valuable for anyone. There is no cost for this two-day training; lunch, beverages, and snacks are included. Registration required.
- The next training will take place Friday & Saturday, Oct. 11 & 12, 2019
- 8:30 am to 4 pm both days
- Held at Grace Episcopal Church, 514 E Argonne Dr, Kirkwood, MO 63122
- Register online here (will be available early Fall, 2019)
This is the REQUIRED workshop for all clergy, persons seeking ordination, youth workers, employees, and wardens. It is suggested training for any lay leadership in the Diocese of Missouri. This two-day workshop will account for 14 hours of canonically required training. There is no cost for this workshop.
The training is an intense two-day workshop which includes historic and current material, multimedia, small groups, role plays, facilitated dialogue, and spiritual nourishment.
Dismantling racism training was mandated by the 73rd General Convention of the Episcopal Church in 2000 (Resolution B049), and the diocesan Commission for Dismantling Racism offers workshops on recognizing and eliminating institutional racism in the Church.
Workshops are free and include lunch and refreshments. Space in the training is generally limited to thirty participants and training will occur with a minimum of fifteen registrations.
- In the Diocese of Missouri, who should take this training? (PDF chart of diocesan standards)
Every year the Commission holds at least one training in the St. Louis metro area and partners with one additional diocesan community outside of the metro area.
The 2020 Absalom Jones Commemoration will be held on Saturday, February 22, 2020.
Annual Absalom Jones Commemoration
The Commission organizes for the diocese the annual celebration of the life and ministry of Absalom Jones, the first African American ordained as priest in the US. Typically held in February.
Sacred Ground: A Film-Based Dialogue Series on Race & Faith
This dialogue series is a 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. Stay tuned for updates on the Commission's plans to bring this to the Diocese of Missouri
The Commission maintains a library of resources on dismantling racism: books, videos, DVDs, and children's books. The materials are hosted by St. Peter's Episcopal Church, 110. N. Warson Road in Ladue, and available to check out during normal business hours, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (314-993-2306)
Resource list by title/format in Excel or PDF
A finding guide by broad category is available in DOCX or PDF.