Our Commitment to racial reconciliationWill you seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving your neighbor as yourself? I will, with God's help. Will you strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being? I will, with God's help.
We join with the wider Episcopal Church in entering into the vital work of Racial Reconciliation.
Reconciliation is the spiritual practice of seeking loving, liberating and life-giving relationship with God and one another, and striving to heal and transform injustice and brokenness in ourselves, our communities, institutions, and society. As the Episcopal branch of the Jesus Movement, we dream and work to foster Beloved Communities where all people may experience dignity and abundant life and see themselves and others as beloved children of God.
As a community, we have actively engaged in this work using the Sacred Ground resources from the Episcopal Church, through preaching, and through naming the heresy of Christian Nationalism present in our Nation. If you are interested in learning more, we’d love to share our journey through this often challenging work with you!
The Diocese of Olympia
Our Diocese is deeply committed to the work of anti-racism and racial reconciliation.
In 2020, the Convention of the Diocese of Olympia passed a number of resolutions, focused on naming the harms that have been caused, and working together towards formation, education, and transformation of our institutional structures, so that all may be recognized and treated as equal, with equal access that takes into account cultural competency that expands beyond the dominant culture. In 2021, the Convention reaffirmed this work through further resolutions.
In 2022, the Diocese of Olympia has named a new Cannon for Multicultural Ministries and Community Transformation to continue engaging deeply in this work.
THe Episcopal Church
Racial Reconciliation has been named one of the key focus areas for the work of the Episcopal Church today. Our Presiding Bishop, The Most Rev. Michael Curry, offers reflections below.