Eliminating Racism and Celebrating Diversity

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Are you required to take Anti-Racism training? All clergy and lay leaders of the Episcopal Church are required to attend anti-racism training in fulfillment of Resolution B049 of the 73rd General Convention. This includes all candidates and postulants.

A new task force was created in the Fall of 2014 with members from the three lower peninsula dioceses: Michigan, Eastern Michigan and Western Michigan.  They have been trained by Crossroads Anti-racism Organization.  The task force will, among other things, be coordinating curriculum and resources among the three dioceses for celebrating diversity.

Race RelationsIn the summer of 2015 a diocesan task force was also created to focus on Race Relations and Diversity within the Diocese of Michigan.  Organizational meetings were convened around the diocese in August and September by the Rev. Michelle Meech.  The Whitaker Institute will be working closely with the curriculum development and training groups to develop opportunities for learning.

Dio_Conv_2015In addition, the theme of the 181st Diocesan Convention in October 2015 was “Waters of Reconciliation:  Race Relations and Diversity.”  The theme has shaped all of our diocesan programming this year.  In January 2016 the diocese participated in the Trinity Institute which focused on the theme “Listen for a Change: Sacred Conversations for Social Justice.”  Videos and resources are available from their website or from ChurchNext.tv.   In February 2016 the Most Rev. Michael Curry, Presiding Bishop and Primate of the Episcopal Church preached at the Cathedral Church of St. Paul in Detroit as part of the annual Absalom Jones celebration.

Please stay tuned to this web page and the diocesan news sources for developing information in the coming year.  Those needing more immediate resources and training are urged to go to http://crossroadsantiracism.org/.  We also highly recommend diversity training from Visions, Inc.

An update from the Curriculum Group of the Race Relations and Diversity Task Force – May 2016

As a first step in our ongoing work, the Curriculum Group of the Race Relations and Diversity Task Force is pleased to recommend the following summer reading list for individuals and congregations in the Diocese of Michigan.  You can read these books on your own or have congregational or deanery-wide discussion groups.  Several of the books will be on display (with a few for sale) at the Diocesan Ministry Fair/Household of God event on May 7.  Almost all are available in paperback and many are also on Kindle.


  • Barnot, Joseph. 2007. Understanding & Dismantling Racism: The Twenty-First Century Challenge to White America (paperback). – text by Crossroads founder and Executive Director.
  • Campolo, Tony and Michael Battle. 2005. The Church Enslaved

Race/Racism – Popular and Scholarly:

  • Alexander, Michelle. The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of
  • Bonilla-Silva, Eduardo. 2013 (paperback). Racism without Racists: Color-Blind Racism and the Persistence of Racial Inequality in America, 4th Edition. Rowen and Littlefield.
  • Coates, Ta-Nehisi. Between the World and Me
  • Doane, Ashley W. & Eduardo Bonilla-Silva, ed. White Out: The Continuing Significance of Racism
  • Feagin, Joe. 2013 (paperback, 2nd ed.).The White Racial Frame: Centuries of Racial Framing and Counter-Framing.  Routledge.
  • Lareau, Annette. 2003. Unequal Childhoods: Class, Race, and Family Life. Berkeley: Univ. of California Press.
  • Loewen, James W. 1995. Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong. New York: New Press.
  • Wise. Tim. 2012. Dear White America: Letter to a New Minority
  • Wise, Tim. 2009. Between Barack and a Hard Place: Racism and White Denial in the Age of Obama
  • Wise, Tim. 2008. Speaking Treason Fluently: Anti-Racist Reflections from an Angry White Male

Race/Racism – Popular:

  • Ball, Edward. 2014 [1999].Slaves in the Family. —- Reissued paperback – National Book Award for NonfictionAmbassador Book Award for American Studies
  • Cose, Ellis. 1993. The Rage of a Privileged Class. New York: Harper Perennial.
  • Wilkerson, Isabel. 2011. The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration — Pulitzer Prize–winning author, National Book Critics Circle Award Winner.
  • Wiencek, Henry. 2000. The Hairstons: An American Family in Black and White Paperback – February 19, 2000 — National Book Critics Circle Award Winner

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