Dismantling Racism Commission

Anti-racism Training

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 begin to define strategies to confront those issues in our society today. 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. Child care is available with registration.

  • The next training will take place Saturday & Sunday, Jan. 18 & 19, 2020
  • 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days
  • Held at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 6518 Michigan Ave., St. Louis, MO 63111

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.

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. 



Social Justice Conference and Celebration

The 4th Annual Conference and Celebration
of the Diocesan Commission on Dismantling Racism

Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019
10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Trinity Episcopal Church
600 N. Euclid
St. Louis, MO 63108

The Diocesan Commission on Dismantling Racism is committed to drawing the clergy, people and congregations of our diocese together to share in this important work. 

Representatives of all parishes in the diocese are encouraged to attend this event and make a presentation about your individual anti-racism programs over the past year.

We'll also engage in a powerful one-on-one storytelling exercise from the Commission's two-day training. This exercise will guide us in hearing other stories and also speaking to our history in a safe and meaningful environment. 

Lunch and snacks will be provided. There is no cost for this event, but registration is required. Child care will be provided for those who register. 

REGISTER HERE no later than Dec. 2.




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





Resource Center

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.
You may access the list of resources here. Books are listed alphabetically by author.
If you have any questions, you may email the Commission's Resource Center task force at drc.resource.center@gmail.com.

More Info

Contact: the Rev. Chester Hines, chair, Dismantling Racism Commission. Additional commission contacts listed below.

Seeking Our Past: Pilot Report