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
April 25-27 at Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (1100 E 55th St.)
July 25-27 at Chicago High School for the Arts (ChiArts, 2714 West Augusta Boulevard)
October 17-19 at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago (5401 South Cornell Ave.)
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 Systemic Racism for Christian Institutions
Saturday, May 11, 2019 from 9 am to 5 pm at Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago
In this workshop designed especially for members of Christian communities, participants are introduced to the idea that racism is a systemic, institutional problem of power and presented with the concept of a structural intervention to dismantle it. It will specifically examine how racism is at play in theology, liturgical practices, and polity and an understanding of church history in Christian institutions such as the local church, denominations, parochial schools, Christian colleges & universities, seminaries, and parachurch organizations. Participants also get a sense that antiracism work does not stop with participating in a workshop; that we also have a strategic methodology to assist people in dismantling racism in their institutions. Attendance with a team from your institution is strongly encouraged.
Learn more and register online at Chicago Regional Organizing for Antiracism. Members of the Episcopal Diocese of Chicago should use discount code EDOC in the registration page to receive a discount; by the early bird date of April 11, diocesan members pay $30; between April 11 and May 4, diocesan members pay $50. Registration closes May 4 or earlier if full.Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago is located at 1100 E. 55th Street, Chicago, IL 60615.
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.