A year of seeking racial justice

From Juneteenth 2020 to Juneteenth 2021, the primary focus of the Diocese of Central New York is to Listen, Learn, and Respond as we confront the sin of systemic racism. Please join us in this Gospel work with new opportunities, actions, and resources each month.

“Will you seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving your neighbor as yourself? Will you strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being?” (from the baptismal vows in the Book of Common Prayer)

Becoming Beloved Community in Community

Sacred Ground

Sacred Ground is a film- and readings-based dialogue series on race, grounded in faith. Small groups are invited to walk through chapters of America’s history of race and racism, while weaving in threads of family story, economic class, and political and regional identity.

The 10-part series is built around a powerful online curriculum of documentary films and readings that focus on Indigenous, Black, Latino, and Asian/Pacific American histories as they intersect with European American histories.

Sacred Ground is part of Becoming Beloved Community, The Episcopal Church’s long-term commitment to racial healing, reconciliation, and justice in our personal lives, our ministries, and our society. This series is open to all, and especially designed to help white people talk with other white people. Participants are invited to peel away the layers that have contributed to the challenges and divides of the present day – all while grounded in our call to faith, hope and love.

Healing from Internalized Oppression

The Office of Black Ministries of the Episcopal Church offers a training for people of color focused on healing from internalized oppression.  Through a series of modules, this curriculum educates participants about institutional, interpersonal, and internal oppression to facilitate a healing process that empowers people for transformational ministry in the name of Jesus.

Resources

Confronting Racism resource list. View books, articles, videos, curricula, prayers and litanies, and other racial justice resources suggested by members of the Diocese, and add your own recommendations.

Responding to Racist Violence. Resources from The Episcopal Church to help us LEARN, PRAY, and ACT to address racist violence and police brutality.

Resources for Racial Reconciliation from The Episcopal Church.

News & Updates

  • Cortland Church seeks diverse representation

    Grace and Holy Spirit Church in Cortland started a journey to learn about the past and provide a foundation for change. Beginning the month of June, we started putting up portraits of great and holy heroes of diverse ethnic back-grounds. Why? The world is not all white like our church windows. The world is a mosaic consisting of many people who have made numerous contributions to make this world better place. Our first portrait was of Martin Luther King. Over the next year and a half, we will have many other images displayed, including Handsome Lake of the Seneca tribe, Mahatma Ghandi, and many more portraits on the walls.
  • The work of our lives: A video message from Bishop DeDe Duncan-Probe

    As our renewed diocesan commitment to antiracism reaches the one-year mark, Bishop DeDe Duncan-Probe reminds us that the work of responding to dehumanization is the work of the Gospel, the work of our baptismal vows, and the work of our lives.
  • Learning to read

    It's been a long time: I had recently hooked up with a local public-arts studio, which had equipment they would rent out to local artists for their work. One of my hobbies led me to them, and I became good friends with them. Except—whenever the owner of the studio approached me, the hair on the back of my neck would bristle. But I noticed...
  • Learning local history anew through historical markers

    Roadside historical markers tell a story that can open up our imaginations. They remind us that we have come to our homes and our places of worship at the sacrifice of many. But it is not always a pretty picture.
  • "For God so loved, God gave." Watch Bishop Duncan-Probe's sermon for the March 14th Renewal of Vows service (transcript available)

    "Now friends, we turn our attention to the ministry that is to be. We recommit ourselves and re-engage ourselves knowing that we are called by love. And if we want to feel peace, and hope, and, I don't know?--good. This is the way. This is the way of Jesus for God so loved... God gave. For we so love... we give. You're invited. Come. Let us be renewed. Let us love. Amen."

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