Anti Racism Commission


Join the Anti-Racism Commission as we explore the joys, challenges and opportunities in the Latino
and Hispanic Episcopal Parishes in the Diocese of Pennsylvania.

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A video produced by the Anti-Racism Commission of the Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania

© Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania  2016



Bishop Rickel

Click here to view the “Under Our Skin” videos produced by the Diocese of Seattle.

Race/Related – The New York Times – September 14, 2017

Anti-Racism Commission Letters to the Diocese

The Arc of the Moral Universe by Pamela Darville

Manifest Destiny by Anita Friday

Who is Listening? by Brenda Dixon-Gottschild


Photos from an Anti-Racism Training on April 9, 2016









Mission Statement

Our mission is to educate, advocate and build loving relationships to end racial divides and discrimination. We work within and across parishes to motivate and equip our brothers and sisters in Christ, so that we can become a true example of Christ’s beloved community.


Since 1991, General Convention has committed the Episcopal Church to address racism within our church, society and the world. We all recognize when obvious racism, discrimination or oppression occurs, but many of us are completely unaware of the subtle racism that occurs everyday all around us and how we are involved in perpetuating it. To better educate ourselves about the underlying racism in our daily lives and institutions, all lay and ordained leaders in the Episcopal Church are required to attend antiracism training. Each and every member of the church can also be involved in the effort to end the institutional racism that exists in the church. Together we can make our church a welcoming place, devoid of racism and any form of prejudice and discrimination.


Working together for justice

What You Can Do

Each one of us can play a part in eliminating racism in the church, society and world, and that change begins with us. In order to truly love our neighbors as ourselves, we must walk in their shoes and understand how our behavior affects those around us.


Because racism has existed for centuries, many of us are completely unaware that our everyday thoughts, perceptions and actions are influenced by a history of racism in our society and church. Many people say, “But I’m not a racist!” and in many ways they are right. Most of us would never consciously do or say anything prejudicial or discriminating. Many of us, though, have experienced the embarrassment of saying something without knowing it would be offensive. We don’t realize the subtly racist attitudes that most of us learn in life simply because of where we live and what we watch on television until someone points them out to us.

So what can you do to increase your awareness of the racism around you?

  • Attend antiracism training workshops
  • Commit yourself to being a multiculturally-competent person resisting racism
  • Challenge prejudice, intolerance and racism in the church and the community wherever it exists
  • Join the Antiracism Committee in your parish or diocese
  • Join with other denominations and faith traditions to dismantle institutional and systemic racism
  • See the connection between racism and other forms of oppression
  • Read and share articles, books and publications on racism and related oppressions to sustain you on your journey

Encourage your diocesan and/or provincial leadership to:

  • Establish Provincial Antiracism Networks and Training for Trainers
  • Develop a diocesan workbook of best practices and strategies for community building
  • Share and develop training resources with the Ecumenical Antiracism Partners Network


Becoming a Fully Antiracist Church


Changing our own behavior is just the beginning; creating change in our institutions is the next step. While the church is a collection of its individual members, it will not change unless we all work together to make change happen. Together we can eradicate institutional racism from our churches, seminaries and workplaces.

Becoming a fully antiracist church requires the attention and efforts of each one of us. Rigorous self-examination of our individual and collective thoughts, perceptions and actions is necessary for change. In order to reach this goal, we each must:

  • acknowledge that our actions and the actions of our institutions perpetuate misery, oppression and marginalization of poor people, people of color, gays and lesbians, and women and children;
  • counteract our patterns of unawareness of oppression, violence, exclusion, and fear of the other;
  • examine those structures and institutions that keep us separated and deny equal access and opportunity.

Once our eyes are opened to the complexities of racism in our church and society, we focus on systematic change to eliminate racism on an institutional level. We must:

  • develop a vision of what we hope to become;
  • eliminate all of our exclusionary practices and policies;
  • develop strategies to overcome the forces that divide us.

Only through self-examination, awareness, acknowledgement, and true work to eliminate racism can we become a fully antiracist church, welcoming and including all equally.

Diocesan Reports on Transatlantic Slavery

In accordance with General Convention Resolution 2006-A123, dioceses are directed to document instances where the diocese has been complicit in and has benefited from the institution of Transatlantic Slavery. Several dioceses who have already begun this work share what they are already doing.

General Convention Resolution 2006-A123, passed by the 75th General Convention in Columbus, Ohio, directs dioceses to document instances where the diocese was complicit in and benefitted from the institution of Transatlantic Slavery. These actions are complex, and may be difficult to visualize. It may become an ongoing venture as you uncover your history. Several dioceses were asked to share the work they had begun to share with others.




Anti Racism Co-Chairs


The Very Rev. Deirdre Whitfield


Mr. George Vosburgh