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.

  • 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.

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. 





Annual Absalom Jones Commemoration

Repairing the Breach Through the Lens of Economic Justice

Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020
8:30 a.m. - Noon
Christ Church Cathedral
St. Louis

(Registration is now closed)

 The Dismantling Racism Commission invites all to a morning of engaging discussion as we gather for our annual event to celebrate the life and ministry of the Episcopal Church's first black priest, Absalom Jones. 

This year's event will feature guest speaker Valerie E. Patton, the Senior Vice President of Economic Inclusion and Talent Attraction and the Executive Director of St. Louis Business Diversity Initiative. We'll gather in the Cathedral Nave for our keynote speaker, then engage in breakout sessions focusing on health, employment, education and wealth. 

Breakfast snacks and lunch will be served. Child care will be provided to those who register. 

Learn more about The Reverend Absalom Jones, 1746-1818

Download a flyer for this event

Please register no later than Feb. 3.




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 began a pilot program in September of 2019 which runs through March of 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 are facilitating the program with Emmanuel and would be happy to discuss how to set up a program elsewhere. 





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. 

Seeking Our Past: Pilot Report