“Where do we go from here: Chaos or Community?” — The Rev. Dr. MLK, Jr. 1967
“The opposite of community is unacceptable.”– The Most Reverend Michael B. Curry, 2017
Racial Justice Anti-racism training is a 2½ day workshop retreat led by trained members of the Diocesan Anti-Racism Ministry. The workshop’s approach emphasizes learning from history to understand systemic racism, confronting internalized racial oppression, and actions to organize against the many forms of racism. Spanish/English interpretation is available upon request.
Note: Participants must attend the full 2½ days to receive a certificate of completion.
The workshop is a residential retreat, beginning Thursday with group dinner at 6:00 PM followed by training until 9 PM. Friday and Saturday instruction begins after breakfast (provided) at 8:30 AM. The workshop ends on Saturday at approximately 4 PM.
- November 8 – 10, 2018
- Thursday evening and all day Friday and Saturday
- Follow-up debriefing to be announced
The EPISCOPAL DIOCESE OF NEW JERSEY
808 West State Street, Trenton NJ 08618
Registration and fees
- Online registration: https://tinyurl.com/AntiRacism2018Nov
- For residential attendees (staying at the hotel): November 1, 2018 deadline
- For commuting attendees: November 5, 2018 deadline
- Alternative to online registration: Contact Mary Anne Clisham
- Voice: 609-394-5281 x10
- Email: email@example.com
- Workshop Fees:
- Participants pay a $50 nonrefundable registration fee to reserve a place and offset tuition, meals, and workshop costs
- Scholarships are available
- Non-members of the diocese pay $450, which includes a shared room, or $550 for a single room.
- Hotel lodging has been secured at the Red Roof Inn, 3203 Brunswick Pike, Trenton, NJ
- $74 per person for double occupancy (shared with one other person)
- $138 per person for single occupancy
- Participants may choose to commute
Questions? Please contact Wendy Blackman Voice: 908-242-5920 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Links of the Month
Here is a list of resolutions, concerning anti-racism, proposed at General Convention. The links in the PDF document point to the online binders from the recent General Conference, one for the House of Bishops and the other for the House of Deputies. Resolutions are available in English and Spanish. The most recent Acts of Convention are not yet posted.
- Concurred GC79 Resolutions Related to Racial Reconciliation
- Virtual Binder for the House of Bishops
- Virtual Binder for the House of Deputies
- Acts of Convention searchable digital archive
The Anti-Racism Ministry in the Diocese of New Jersey comprises the Anti-Racism Commission, the Anti-Racism Team and various anti-racism committees and teams developing within parishes.
You may have heard about the Commission and the Team, but may have questions about what those groups are, what they do, and what is the difference between the Commission and the Team. In a nutshell, the Commission is a supervisory body that creates vision, determines goals, and oversees the activities of the Team. This includes stewardship of funds and support for Team activities, such as anti-racism training, parish workshops, convocation presentations, diocesan conferences, and youth events.
The Anti-Racism Commission
- was created as the “Racism Committee” by 1996 diocesan convention resolution, subsequently commissioned and renamed, has functioned continuously since 1996, and has received diocesan funding since 2000
- is a Bishop-authorized body of 12 persons with special knowledge, experience, and skills pertaining to organizing against racism
- consists of 6 persons appointed by the Black Clergy Caucus, 2 appointments by the Hispanic Commission, and 4 by the Bishop (The Black Clergy Caucus, Hispanic Commission, and Bishop may appoint persons of any race.)
- collaborates with contractors to provide 2.5-day anti-racism training retreats for the diocese, organizes full day biennial conferences, oversees activities of the Anti-Racism Team, manages diocesan anti-racism budget for these items
- meets monthly, reports monthly to Diocesan Council, and reports annually to diocesan convention
- All Commission members are also active members of the Team and attend and support almost every 2.5-day anti-racism training session.
The Anti-Racism Team
- consists of all persons who have completed at least one 2.5-day anti-racism training session
- lists more than 200 people as members who choose to remain involved in organizing against racism and Team tasks
- develops trained facilitators to present introductory anti-racism workshops to parishes
- organizes quarterly meetings and diocesan forums on current racial justice issues
We offer congregations a variety of formats that range from a 90-minute orientation to a full-day workshop, which can be customized to meet a congregation’s needs. These trainings are designed to help members live into the baptismal covenant of respecting the dignity of every individual.
Resources and Bibliography
We welcome you to further engage in meaningful resources which may continue our joint efforts in combating the sin of racism.
Please watch this video by The Rev. David Billings, one of the leaders of The People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond. This video speaks to the essential nature of the work of the Commission and Team.
We invite you to explore the following links with further information:
Click here for a bibliography of suggested resources from The People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond, containing many works that inform and expand upon the contents of our two-and-a-half day workshops.
Click here for a list of on-hand resources available from the Diocese of New Jersey and the Anti-Racism Commission. If you are interested in borrowing any of these items, please contact us at email@example.com.