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New resources feature justice pioneer Canon Ed Rodman

Canon Ed Rodman is seen at the 2006 General Convention. Photo/The Episcopal Church

Two new films—and accompanying study guides—explore the life and wisdom of Canon Ed Rodman, a justice pioneer who has helped shape the Episcopal Church’s journey toward “beloved community” for more than 50 years.

These resources may be especially appropriate for Episcopal justice leaders, seminarians, youth and young adults, according to a news release from the Episcopal Church Public Affairs Office.

The documentary-style film, “Canon Ed Rodman,” chronicles his life and ministry from his teen years as a civil rights activist featured on the cover of Life magazine, to his tenure as a board member of the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee, to his role as a founder of the Union of Black Episcopalians and as primary author of the Episcopal Church’s anti-racism training.

A shorter film, “Prophets Among Us: Conversations with Justice Pioneers featuring Canon Ed Rodman,” is a conversation between Rodman and priest-activist Hershey Mallette Stephens and explores lessons for justice leaders of today and tomorrow.

The films were produced by the Committee to Celebrate the Legacy and Wisdom of Canon Ed Rodman, through partnership with the Episcopal Church’s Office of Communication and Office of Social Justice and Engagement, along with Episcopal Divinity School and the Diocese of Massachusetts. “Canon Ed Rodman” was filmed by Heritage Films and “Prophets Among Us” was filmed by the Office of Communication.

The films are available here. The study guides will be available soon, according to the website.

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