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.
Facilitator Training for "Pathway to Reconciliation"
Saturday, May 12 at St. Benedict's, Bolingbrook
Help your church navigate the "Pathway to Reconciliation" using the Congregational Study Guide for the Legacy of Slavery Task Force Report, sponsored by the Episcopal Diocese of Chicago's Antiracism Commission
Bishop Lee has enthusiastically charged each congregation to fulfill the convention resolution inviting us to spend the next year in conversation “on the impact of the legacy of slavery and segregation and discrimination in its local context" based on the Legacy of Slavery Taskforce Report.
The Pathway to Reconciliation is a congregational study guide of the Legacy of Slavery Taskforce Report. Facilitators will be trained in using the study guide to lead your congregation’s work to generate informative, meaningful, faithful and redemptive transformations on the Pathway to Reconciliation.
Description: All congregations are requested to send one or more volunteers for facilitator training. Facilitation is essential to ensuring that potentially difficult conversations which arise will not be about shaming or blaming but about acknowledging how our past impacts our present and future. Facilitation is also key to creating a pathway through the past and present to a future of reconciliation and our faith filled vision of the beloved community.” (Study Guide p. 4)
Requirement: Facilitators need to have attended a Crossroads “Understanding and Analyzing Systemic Racism Workshop” prior to the facilitator training within the last five years.
The next Facilitator Training will be held Saturday, May 12 at St. Benedict's, Bolingbrook from 9 am to 3 pm. Online registration is open until May 9. For more information contact Diane Shalda by email or phone (815-867-6721).
Upcoming Understanding & Analyzing Systemic Racism Trainings
April 26 - 28 at Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago - training full, registration closed
May 24 - 26 at Fourth Presbyterian Church, Chicago - link to register below
July 26 - 28 at Loyola University, Rogers Park - registration link to come
October 18 - 20 at Catholic Theological Union, Chicago - registration link to come
- July 26-28, Loyola University, Rogers Park
- October 18-20, Catholic Theological Union, Chicago
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
Presented by Chicago ROAR, upcoming training dates to come.
The Introduction to Anti Bias/Anti Racist Education workshop 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.