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.

View the Antiracism Commission 2018 Annual Report to Convention.

Upcoming Understanding & Analyzing Systemic Racism Trainings

January 24 - 26 at Oakton Community College (Skokie Campus)

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)

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 above). 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 ($100 early bird rate, $15o regular rate. Use the code EDOC; scholarships are available). Upcoming trainings will be held in January, April and July. Register with the links below, using EDOC for the discount:


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   

Facilitator Training for "Pathway to Reconciliation"

Saturday, February 2 at St. James Commons

On February 2 from 9 am to 3 pm at St. James Commons, the diocese's Antiracism Commission will hold a training for volunteers interested in helping their congregations use the "Pathway to Reconciliation" Congregational Study Guide for the Legacy of Slavery Task Force Report.

Bishop Lee has enthusiastically charged each congregation to fulfill the convention resolution that commits the diocese to hold conversations "on the impact of the legacy of slavery and segregation and discrimination in its local context" based on the Legacy of Slavery Taskforce Report.  All congregations are asked to send one or more volunteers for facilitator training. Facilitators need to have attended a Chicago ROAR "Understanding and Analyzing Systemic Racism Workshop" (see above) within the last five years and prior to the facilitator training.
Online registration is open until January 25. For more information contact Diane Shalda by email or phone (815-867-6721).


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:

Executive Summary in English

Executive Summary in Spanish

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.

Download Resolution F-172 from the 172nd Annual Convention of the Diocese of Chicago enabling the Task Force.