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Anti-Racism Curriculum

The Executive Council Committee on Antiracism & Reconciliation (ECCAR)  is the official Episcopal Church entity responsible for providing guidance on and tracking of anti-racism and reconciliation activities of the Church.  ECCAR developed a framework for Antiracism curricula which was approved as General Convention Resolution 2018-A044.

The Anti-Racism Curriculum in the Diocese of Michigan has been designed to follow the requirements developed by ECCAR, which requires the following elements be included in the training:

  • Learning
  • Confronting
  • Healing

ECCAR requires the training to cover the following areas to be covered by the training:

  • History (general and tailored to our context)
  • Didactics (Definition of terms and understanding of concepts)
  • Transformation (Baptismal Covenant, Christ-likeness, Beloved Community)

The ECCAR framework holds that the training should be engaged via:

  • Learning Check-ins
  • Prayer and Reflection
  • Action in Context
If your congregation wishes to form a study group to engage in the curriculum together, please contact Sr. Vee,  sistervee@edomi.org, so that she can make sure you have all the support you need.

 

The Diocesan curriculum is in three modules.

There are three one-and-a-half hour facilitated conversations in which to discuss the materials each participant has chosen to engage in. These conversations will take place in Advent, Lent and Easter/Pentecost.  These conversations will give participants the opportunity to process what they’ve read and heard as they share it with others; check upcoming Weekly Connections or  Spirituality and Race in Your Community for registration information as it becomes available.

Register for the conversations by clicking on the button below; below are the dates and times of the upcoming conversations:

January 5, 2023 6:00 PM

January 8, 2023 4:00 PM

January 12, 2023 7:00 PM

January 18, 2023 7:00 PM

January 21, 2023 10:00 AM

February 4, 2023 10:00 AM

Ready to begin? IF YOU HAVE COMPLETED SACRED GROUND, YOU MAY GO DIRECTLY TO MODULE TWO.

 

Module One

The first module is the broader history of racism and its legacy in America; the facilitated conversation will take place in Advent.

  1. Choose one of the following books to read (the following books can be found in your local library, or your local bookseller, or available digitally via Amazon Kindle):
  • How To Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi
  • Caste by Isabel Wilkerson
  • The Sum of Us by Heather McGhee

 

2. Then visit and read the following:

Doctrine of Discovery — Upstander Project

 

3. And listen to one of these:  (Some of these may be Race Matters Short Courses; for announcements check upcoming Weekly Connections or  Spirituality and Race in Your Community)

 

Module Two

The second module looks at history more specific to our context.  The facilitation conversation will take place in Lent 2023 (for announcements, check upcoming Weekly Connections or  Spirituality and Race in Your Community).

  1. Choose one of the following:

 

Module Three

The third module turns our thoughts toward next steps.  The facilitated conversation will take place in late Easter/early Pentecost 2023 (for announcements, check upcoming Weekly Connections or  Spirituality and Race in Your Community).

 

  1. Read The Church Cracked Open by Stephanie Spellers
  2. And choose one of the following: 

Additional resources:

 

Optional Resources for Common Affinity Groups

For White Affinity Groups:

For Black Affinity Groups:

  • Begin Again by Eddie S. Glaude, Jr.
  • Resurrection Hope by Kelly Brown Douglas