Save the Date: Episcopal Church hosts racism forum Nov. 15

[Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs — Press Release] On November 15, the Episcopal Church will host and produce a forum centering on a critical topic for our times: Fifty Years Later: The State of Racism in America. Originating from St. Andrew’s Episcopal Cathedral in Jackson, Mississippi (Diocese of Mississippi), the 90-minute ecumenical forum will be live webcast beginning at 1 pm Central (2 pm Eastern, noon Mountain, 11 am Pacific, 10 am Alaska, 9 am Hawaii).

The forum will be moderated by well-known journalist and PBS commentator Ray Suarez. Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori will keynote the event. Two panel discussions will focus on main themes: Racism in America today – why does it persist?  And  Racism in America’s future – where is there hope for change?

“This offers Episcopalians and others an opportunity for continued truth-telling and reconciliation, as we seek a society of justice,” noted Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori, a keynote speaker for the event. “We say we believe all human beings are made in the image of God. Do we give evidence of it?”

This year marks significant landmark anniversaries in the struggle to end discrimination, provide equal rights and combat racism: the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, the 50th anniversary of the pivotal March on Washington, the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Medger Evers, the 100th birthday of Rosa Parks. In 1964 the Civil Rights Act was signed into law.

Panelists will be recognized leaders from faith groups, NGOs, the media, academia and government. The forum will begin with a thought-provoking video, and viewers will be able to submit questions to the participants during the live webcast.

The forum is ideal for live group watching and discussion, or on-demand viewing later. It will be appropriate for Sunday School, discussions groups, and community gatherings.

This event embodies with two recent General Convention resolutions: Resolution 2000 A-047 on Anti-Racism General Convention 2000:  Resolved, that the Episcopal Church continue its work to overcome the historic silence and complicity of our church in the sin of racism, that we become a church committed to ending institutional and other forms of racism, and that we overcome the historic silence and complicity of our church in the sin of racism; and Resolution A143 of General Convention 2009: to encourage dioceses to study slavery, segregation, and discrimination in their own communities.

The event also supports two Anglican Marks of Mission: in dealing with issues of racism a) To respond to human need by loving service (Mark 3), and b) To seek to transform unjust structures of society (Mark 4).

Resources such as bibliography, on-demand video, materials for community and individual review, discussion questions, and lesson plans will be available.

For more information contact Neva Rae Fox, Public Affairs Officer, .


  1. Rev Margaret VanAuker says:

    Since this will be shown on a weekday afternoon, many may not be able to view it. How soon afterwards will on-demand viewing be available and how will it be accessed?

  2. The Rev. Bernice A. King, MLK’s youngest child, and I, the Rev. Douglas M. Carpenter, a son of Episcopal Bishop C. C. J. Carpenter, who was addressed in MLK’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail,” had a wonderful conversation about our fathers after breakfast in Birmingham on April 16, the date on which King began writing his “letter” fifty years ago. A video of this is on Bernice King’s public Face Book page: Be A King. Scroll down to April 17. Or simply google in “Bernice A. King meets Rev. Douglas Carpenter.

  3. I think that true reconciliation is needed. As in not apologizing for
    Christening indians–including a change in culture– but understanding
    that stewardship was profaned by both parties, and abused by Whites;
    especially where a White seen such as a racial
    rite-of-passage. As for slavery, again Whites claiming supremacy due to
    their role in Christening and Civilizing. Also, America was a horrible
    attack against the Church and one of its States. Although a
    transgression occurred outside of this Country as well. The worst
    disaster was Western Protestant societies committing suicide in order to
    appease perceived social transgression. Thus leaving us in the
    dismantling we face now, and since the last fifty or so years. The
    Counterculture and Fascism/Nazism are two culprits that Whites have a
    complex about themselves.
    It is imperative that true reconciliation is made regarding the Western
    Protestant past, and its stewardship and fulfillment of the Great
    Commission. In the context of South Africa. There are claims that
    Whites imposed God and his Civilization unjustly among the indigenous.
    Claiming that there was a loss and not a gain among Blacks. Communists
    have no doubt been successful in rewriting history, and exploiting
    various matters of governance. Many Whites had mistaken that Christ and
    Civilization could only be achieved or maintained by Whites. That some
    Blacks also had mistaken Christ and Civilization as White. Whites
    realized that not all Blacks wanted to put on clothes and praise Christ.
    Many Blacks realized that some Whites were not claiming White
    Supremacy. The individuals that had to make policy around that–need
    some credit. I am not stating that the complex about ones race were not
    real. But that such a view of oneself was exaggerated of course. No need
    to want to look like Whites (skin lightener and hair straightener). Or
    the absurd Hippie cross-cultural borrowing of what was once considered
    Eastern ways (As if Christian civilization was of indigenous European
    origin.) Or the more recent emulation of Black stereotype by Whites,
    largely based around American rap music. If Whites in South Africa
    parish, then will not Christ and Civilization stand? Why should they
    suffer an onslaught that the world thinks is justice and atonement? Let
    us dismiss the Marxist g-d and his judgement. And let us tell the
    Western world that their death and/or dismantling was not needed. Let us
    truly understand our history, and not bury it to denial, or a re-write.

  4. S. Wesley Mcgranor says:

    I firmly believe that so-called White Supremacy was a good thing and a fruit of faith. The postmodern riddle suggests that the counter-church and society has unjustly racialized.

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