Antiracism

With God’s grace, the mission of the Antiracism Commission of the Diocese of Chicago (ARC) is to establish an anti-racist identity in the church for the life of the world.

The most visible aspect of the ARC's ministry is programs and trainings that it either conducts or endorses. Through these offerings, the commission seeks to construct a common antiracist language and analysis to foster ongoing vigilance in identifying and dismantling systemic racist policies, practices and procedures. This work is consistent with the tenets of Resolution A044 of the 2018 General Convention.

Find a schedule of upcoming Antiracism Commission trainings.

Find resources for racial reconciliation and justice on The Episcopal Church website.

Understanding & Analyzing Systemic Racism Trainings

The Episcopal Diocese of Chicago requires antiracism training for people in elected and appointed leadership positions. It is also a requirement for congregational study guide facilitators for the Legacy of Slavery Report (see below). The training is also open to anyone in the diocese who wants to help build a stronger multicultural community.

Understanding and Analyzing Systemic Racism, presented by Chicago Regional Organizing for Antiracism (Chicago ROAR) and subsidized by the Antiracism Commission of the Diocese of Chicago, provides an in-depth look at race and racism in the United States.  Individuals affiliated with the Episcopal Diocese of Chicago attend at a reduced rate. Find upcoming trainings.

Pathway to Reconciliation Facilitator training

Pathway to Reconciliation is the congregational study guide to the Diocese of Chicago's Legacy of Slavery Task Force Report. All congregations are expected to send one more volunteers for training in how to facilitate Pathway to Reconciliation conversations. Find upcoming trainings.

Pathway to Reconciliation, a response to resolutions adopted by both diocesan conventions and General Convention, is a vital exploration of our collective pasts and its impact on the present. Its goal is to create a new possible future of reconciliation for the church and the world. 

Pathway to Reconciliation participants are asked to join with members of their congregations in reading, discussing and actively implementing the recommendations of the Legacy of Slavery Taskforce Report. During Pathway to Reconciliation conversations, participants listen and engage in conversations to generate awareness, reveal truth, face the past and forge a new future through action and reconciliation. Participation is not about shaming or blaming, but about acknowledging how our past impacts our present and future. Through Pathway to Reconciliation, we hope the Holy Spirit will create a pathway to a future of reconciliation and the Beloved Community.

Download the Task Force on the Legacy of Slavery Report Executive Summary.

Descargue Informe final del Grupo de Trabajo sobre el Legado de la Esclavitud.

ABOUT THE ANTIRACISM COMMISSION

In addition to the training it provides, the ARC also engages and organizes diocesan entities, churches and communities by partnering with them to develop policies, processes and plans to dismantle racist structures; challenges and breaks down systems that maintain power and privilege; advocates for people of color to have full access to leadership roles and participation at every level of diocesan life; and serves as a resource for anti-racist work.

View the Antiracism Commission 2018 Annual Report to Convention.

Membership Specifications

Members of the Antiracism Commission must:

  1. Be active or canonically resident in the Diocese of Chicago or in a denomination in full communion with the Episcopal Church.
  2. Have attended a 2½ day training or acceptable equivalent training consistent with the tenets of Resolution A044 of the 2018 General Convention.
  3. Have antiracist values in alignment with the Antiracism Commission of the Episcopal Diocese of Chicago and consistent with the tenets of Resolution of the 2018 General Convention.
  4. Attend three meetings within six months of request or invitation to join the ARC.

In addition to membership, interested participants can get involved by focusing on one of the Commission’s projects and initiatives.  

Structure

The Antiracism Commission comprises members from congregations throughout the Episcopal Diocese of Chicago. Meetings are on the second Tuesday of each month at various locations, starting with a meal at 6 pm. Anyone who would like to attend a meeting may contact one of the co-chairs to learn the location and to RSVP.

Members

Diane Shalda, co-chair St. James Cathedral, Chicago dshalda@icloud.com

Marvin Hill, co-chair St. Philip, Palatine marvin.hill@outlook.com

The Rev. Carolyn Bavaro, St. Martin, Chicago  camareta@att.net

The Rev. Miguel Briones, St. Mark, Glen Ellyn  miguebrio6@gmail.com

The Rev. Gary Cox, Sta. Teresa, Chicago  gary-cox@lycos.com

Phala Daniel Diggs, St. Thomas, Chicago  phala7@aol.com

Robert Purcell, St Philip, Palatine  rhpurcell@aol.com

Newland Smith, St. David, Glenview  nsmith@bexleyseabury.edu

Rory Smith, St. Thomas, Chicago  roryapa2001@gmail.com

Donna Williams, St. Benedict, Bolingbrook  dwill313@yahoo.com

History

1989 - During the 1988 General Convention of the Episcopal Church 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.

1993 - Subsequent actions by the Diocese of Chicago include the Bishop’s Advisory Commission to End Racism (BACTER).

1999 - The Illinois Lutheran Episcopal Anti-Racism Project (ILEAP) was formally commissioned with the mandate of organizing and supporting the commitment of the Chicago Diocese to dismantle racism. This ecumenical effort evolved into what has subsequently become the Episcopal Diocese of Chicago Antiracism Commission (ARC).  The late Patricia Simpson Turner was the first chairperson of the Commission.

2007 – Reaffirmation of the Antiracism Commission as per Resolution F-170 of the Chicago Diocesan Convention. Summarizing: the “Antiracism Commission serves as the consulting authority to the Diocese on the process of dismantling racism. While the Antiracism Commission has the priority and scope to dismantle racism in this Diocese [as per this resolution], it remains the responsibility of each entity within the Diocese to do the work required to identify and dismantle racism, in consultation with the Antiracism Commission.”

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