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 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 Saturday & Sunday,
    January 19 & 20
    , 2019
  • 8:30 am to 4 pm, Saturday; 8 am - 4 pm, Sunday
  • Held at Episcopal Church of the Holy Communion, 7401 Delmar Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63130
  • Registration deadline is 5 pm, Friday, January 11, 2019
  • Register online here

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 is limited to forty participants and training will occur with a minimum of fifteen registrations.

The commission generally holds at least one training in the St. Louis metro area and partners with one additional diocesan community outside of the metro area. An additional training is being planned in the metro St. Louis area for late summer 2018, details to follow.

Upcoming trainings:

Spring 2019




"A Liberating Presence:  200 Years of Black Episcopal Witness in Missouri"

The 2019 Absalom Jones Commemoration is a  Eucharistic celebration, in conjunction with the Cathedral’s 200th anniversary celebration.
  • Saturday, February 9, 2019, from 10:00 am to 12:30 pm
  • at Christ Church Cathedral, 1210 Locust, St. Louis 63103
  • speaker during sermon is Dr. Priscilla A. Dowden-White, light reception to follow service

Dr. Priscilla A. Dowden-White is Associate Professor of History at the University of Missouri.  She holds a B.A. in History from the University of Missouri – St. Louis, a M.P.S. in Africana Studies from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, and a Ph.D. in History from Indiana University – Bloomington. She is the author of the recently published book titled, Groping toward Democracy: African American Social Welfare Reform in St. Louis, 1910-1949 (University of Missouri Press, 2011), and has recently begun the research for a biography on the life of the late civil rights attorney Margaret Bush Wilson.

Prof. Dowden-White has been a featured scholar in several historical documentaries, among them are: “Sing It, Tell It,” a documentary exploring the African-American musical heritage of Missouri, created by Public Interest Films of Berkeley, California; “Decades,” a series on the history of St. Louis since the 1904 World’s Fair; “Made in the U.S.A.: East St. Louis,” and “The Jewish American Experience.”

A native St. Louisan, Dowden-White was educated in the St. Louis public schools.  She is a missionary in the African Methodist Episcopal Church, where she is actively engaged in the field of local and global missions.  

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.




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. (314-993-2306)
Resource list by title/format in Excel or PDF
A finding guide by broad category is available in DOCX or PDF.

More Info

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

Seeking Our Past: Pilot Report