As people living our baptismal covenant, we see our diocese reconciled to God by challenging racism in ourselves and society.
About the Commission:
The Commission for Dismantling Racism is made up of lay and clergy members and friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Missouri. We gather at 10 a.m. on the first Saturday of each month (usually at Holy Communion Episcopal Church in University City; during the pandemic, we are meeting via Zoom) to plan and organize events, share resources, and discuss current topics. The commission is led by the Rev. Chester Hines. All are welcome to attend our meetings and be a part of the commission's efforts.
Please see below for programs currently being offered by the Dismantling Racism Commission.
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.
- Our next training session will be announced soon.
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 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. Our “mobile library” is currently housed at 6521 Chamberlain Ave, University City.
Here is a list of featured books with short descriptions.
You may access the complete list of resources here. Books are listed alphabetically by author.
To place a request, please fill out this form.
Materials are available for no-contact pickup at the UCity address. If you are unable to pick up your requested material, we can mail it to you.
If you have any questions, you may email the Commission's Resource Center task force at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
The diocese held a pilot program from September 2019 - February 2020 at Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Webster Groves. Any parish or group can create their own Sacred Ground circle. Dismantling Racism committee members Adrienne Dillon, Kurt & Janis Greenbaum, and Margaret Rowe facilitated the program with Emmanuel and would be happy to discuss how to set up a program elsewhere.