Racial Reconciliation & Social Justice
The work of this priority spans and must be included in all others, for without equality and justice for all, we cannot achieve our goal of Becoming Beloved Community.
Anyone who has taken anti-racism training can no longer believe racism is simply a matter of personal opinion or behavior. It is a deeply rooted systemic problem, and as we learn more about it, we also have started having conversations and listening to how systemic racism has impacted – and continues to impact – communities of color and, indeed, all of us.
We will go deeper into these conversations to increase our understanding and to find common ground from which we can forge new paths and move forward together. We will continue to develop and provide resources for answering anger with peace to help build bridges across political and social divides. And we will continue to forge partnerships and collaborations on every socioeconomic level so the face of the Diocese of North Carolina reflects and supports all the people of North Carolina.
It is our unity in Christ that powers the efforts of the Episcopal Church to continue its ongoing efforts to combat the sin of racism. Racism is an affliction that sickens us as a community and as individuals. It is still alive and well. We see the effects of racism reflected in all aspects of society. Through resolutions passed nationally and in North Carolina, The Episcopal Church has extolled a consistent message to its churches, clergy, and parishioners to educate themselves and to take action to eliminate racism wherever it exists— in our institutions, communities, churches and ourselves. Much progress has been made but there is still work to be done to achieve the biblical imperative of unity in Christ.Read More »
The Bishop's Committee on Prison Ministry was created in 2010 at the 194th Annual Convention. Its continuing focus is to raise awareness of the need to bring Christ's light into North Carolina jails and prisons.
At its 203rd Annual Convention in November 2018, the Diocese voted to approve Act 2018-12, calling for reform in the country's money bail system. With the backing of Convention, the work of the committee and others across the Diocese has turned to focus more on this fundamental issue of justice in our society.Read More »
Both the Diocese of North Carolina and the broader Episcopal Church have consistently supported compassionate, comprehensive immigration reform that respects the dignity of individuals, the sanctity of families and our scriptural mandate to care for the strangers among us. This collection of resources is designed to explain the Diocese's and the Episcopal Church's stances on immigration and immigration reform and to provide resources for better understanding the complex issue surrounding immigration and how our scriptural tradition sheds light on those issues.Read More »
Resolved, That the 78th General Convention recommit to the spirit of the New Sanctuary Movement by supporting congregations so they can assist immigrant individuals, unaccompanied minors, families, and communities by being centers of information, services and accompaniment, and by supporting families facing separation in the absence of comprehensive, humane immigration reform.
- Recommit to Giving Sanctuary to Immigrants (Res. 2015-D057, 78th General Convention)Read More »