Dismantling Racism Commission

Anti-racism Training

The next training  is scheduled for  Friday and Saturday, April 20th and 21st, from 8:30 AM-4 PM both days, and will be held at Trinity Episcopal Church in Hannibal, MO

There is no cost for this two-day training which includes lunch, beverages and snacks, but registration is required.

The Commission leads a 14-hour training for the Diocese of Missouri, which is mandatory for clergy and wardens, but open to all Christians who wish to deepen their understanding of racism, prejudice, and privilege.

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.

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.




Raising Anti-Racist Children for a Beloved Community

Annual Absalom Jones Commemoration

Join the Diocesan Commission on Dismantling Racism for a child-friendly workshop with hands-on activities to help families explore how to build an anti-racist, beloved community together.

There is no cost for this workshop. To reserve a spot for you and your children (or grandchildren), please register at: tinyurl.com/ajones2018

Child-friendly activities will include: Storytelling, Drama & Role Play, Hands-on Black History Museum, Music, Multicultural Books

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.

This year's Commemoration of the ministry of Absalom Jones is planned for familes!

Four parts to the day, we'll begin gathered in St. Martin's nave and after a prayer and welcome, we'll  learn the story of the Rev. Absalom Jones, the Episcopal Church's first African-American priest, from Cathedral member and founder of the Hands-On Black History Museum, Deborah Nelson Linck.

Then parents and children, or grandparents and children can choose from these experiences:

  • Role-playing, what might you do on a playground if you experienced racism facilitated by Dismantling Racism Commission members Alexia Dukes and Christopher Davis
  • More from Deborah and the Hands-On Black History Museum
  • DRC members Adrienne Dillon and Courtney Schaefer explore multiracial books

We'll have time for you to visit two of these, each lasting about 25 minutes, then we'll gather again for lunch.

Come with your children, and imagine building a beloved community.

More Info

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

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