Racial justice and healing leaders and practitioners across The Episcopal Church will gather to build community, craft strategy and equip each other for action during a series of “Becoming Beloved Community NOW” online gatherings at 4:00-6:00 p.m. EST on July 28-30.
Convened by the Presiding Officers’ Advisory Group on Beloved Community Implementation, the three gatherings will focus on three urgent themes:
- Truth – Telling the truth about participation in white supremacy and racial oppression. (Tuesday, July 28)
- Justice – Changing racist systems, especially “criminal” justice and public health/COVID response. (Wednesday, July 29)
- Healing – Breaking free of white supremacy via training and formation (Thursday, July 30).
Presiding Bishop Michael Curry and President of the House of Deputies Gay Clark Jennings will offer prayer and reflections throughout the sessions.
“We are inviting leaders, practitioners and communities currently engaged in the work of racial reconciliation, healing and justice to attend any or all of these gatherings,” said The Rev. Edwin Johnson, who chairs the advisory group. “This is a moment to gather and strengthen our movement for the long haul.”
The sessions will feature presentations and panels, along with breakout groups for practitioners and leaders to meet and share with each other. “Everyone who attends should leave with a path to action and deeper relationships with people doing similar work,” Rev. Johnson said. “Through prophetic action, we can turn a moment of pain into a moment of progress.”
Becoming Beloved Community NOW is open to the public. Register here to attend one, two or all three gatherings. Registration information for “Justice” and “Healing” gatherings are included on “Truth” registration form link. Learn more about the Becoming Beloved Community long-term commitment to racial healing, justice and reconciliation, along with supporting resources, at www.episcopalchurch.org/beloved-community. For assistance, contact Sarah Alphin, Associate for Evangelism, Reconciliation and Creation Care, at email@example.com or 212-716-6102.