The Antiracism Commission identifies the institutional racism that, as a result of our national history, exists in almost every part of our church structures and life. Antiracism Commission members work with other members of the diocese to discern endemic racism and to help organize satellite antiracism teams to identify and eliminate racism in its localized manifestations.
Antiracism Commission members consult with diocesan staff and congregations on issues related to systemic racism. Antiracism Commission members are available to conduct various workshops and introductory sessions for congregations, deaneries, and other diocesan organizations. The Commission also organizes two and one-half day workshops each spring and fall about the reality of racism in our society and institutions, and how to organize against it. Please contact one of the co-chairs for additional information or to schedule a presentation.
The Antiracism Commission meets the first Tuesday of each month at 6 pm. Meetings are open to anyone who would like to attend; please contact one of the co-chairs for meeting location and to RSVP. People who would like to become members of the Antiracism Commission must attend a regularly scheduled two-and-a-half day antiracism training.
Upcoming Understanding & Analyzing Systemic Racism Trainings
October 18 - 20 at Catholic Theological Union, Chicago - link to register below
January 24 - 26 at Oakton Community College (Skokie Campus)
Registration Cancellation/Refund Policy:
75% of registration fee is refunded if registration is cancelled by 1 month prior to workshop date. Post early bird date, if registration is cancelled between 1 month prior and close of registration 1 week before the workshop date, 50% of registration fee will be refunded. There will be no refunds after registration closes 1 week prior to the workshop date. Please see the Chicago Regional Organizing for Antiracism website for more information
For more information, contact:
Registration questions or concerns:
Jen Boyle-Tucker 312-751-4215, email
The Rev. Miguel Briones 630-502-0051, email
The Rev. Gary Cox 847-204-9567, email
General information about the training:
Karen Ziech, Chicago ROAR: 815-474-7998, email
Introduction to Anti Bias/Anti Racist Education
Saturday, December 1, from 9 am to 5 pm at Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago
The Introduction to Anti Bias/Anti Racist Education workshop, presented by Chicago ROAR, is designed for educators working with children and youth in all settings, including all parents, early childhood, religious education, after school programs, public and private schools, and teacher education programs at colleges and universities.
- Discuss the development of social group identities (e.g. race, gender, class etc.) and their relationship to bias and prejudice.
- Gain insight into how children and adults internalize and act out of these biases.
- Explore how bias and race prejudice develop, and how they become structured into institutions.
- Be introduced to the 4 Goals of Anti-bias Education and discover ways to apply them to educational settings.
Chicago ROAR workshops are designed to reveal how systemic racism plays a role in often unseen ways, creating barriers to true multicultural diversity and racial justice. We'll help you struggle with the tough questions and begin to equip you with the skills to dismantle racism and transform your institution.
Task Force on the Legacy of Slavery
At the 176th Annual Convention of the Diocese of Chicago in November 2013, the Task Force on the Legacy of Slavery presented its report. Download the executive summary:
During the General Convention of the Episcopal Church in 1988 several resolutions were adopted for action by the various dioceses to address the sin of racism. The Diocese of Chicago responded by affirming the General Convention resolution in 1989. Subsequent actions by the Diocese of Chicago include the Bishop’s Advisory Commission to End Racism (BACTER) in 1993, the Illinois Lutheran Episcopal Anti-Racism Project (ILEAP) in 1999 which became the Anti-Racism Commission. The Task Force on the Legacy of Slavery is the most recent effort to address racism.