While The Episcopal Church has its roots in British colonialism, we also have a long history of advocating for social justice. Our history is mixed, to be sure, but in recent decades we Episcopalians have experienced a powerful move of the Holy Spirit that has opened our eyes to the presence of God in all people, especially in those on the margins of society. The Bible, in fact, is a story of God choosing to manifest the divine presence in marginalized people.
In the United States in the year 2020, we continue to struggle with a bloody history of more than 400 years of systemic marginalization of people of color. The Episcopal Church recognizes this history as sinful and contrary to the dream of God. We have repented of our shameful past and continue to discern ways in which we can withdraw from participation in systems that perpetuate this evil. Much work remains to be done, and each one of us who chooses to walk in the Way of Jesus has a role to play in this healing and reconciliation. By God’s grace, together we will become an anti-racist Church.
Many resources for learning more and for responding to the pain caused by racism can be found on The Episcopal Church’s website (https://episcopalchurch.org/racial-reconciliation) .
Prayer may be the most vital step, as we regularly ask the Holy Spirit to open our eyes and our hearts to the presence of Christ in those on the margins of society. Only together with others different from ourselves can we embody the dream of God’s beloved community.