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Working group calls Episcopalians to address harms of white supremacy, legacies of colonialism and imperialism

Episcopal Church Public Affairs Office

Charged with developing proposals to help move the Episcopal Church forward with racial healing and becoming Beloved Community, the Presiding Officers’ Working Group on Truth-Telling, Reckoning, and Healing has released a report that proposes the creation of a new organization within the Episcopal Church called the Episcopal Coalition for Racial Equity and Justice.

The proposed coalition would be “a voluntary association of Episcopal dioceses, parishes, organizations, and individuals dedicated to the work of becoming beloved community,” the report states. It would be governed by a board appointed by the presiding bishop and president of the House of Deputies, made up of a majority of people of color, and funded on an ongoing basis from a tithe of Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society (DFMS) financial holdings, at approximately $2 million annually.

“The coalition is a vehicle to affirm and coordinate so much good work already happening throughout the church,” said the Rev. Canon John Kitagawa of the Episcopal Diocese of Arizona, a co-convener of the working group.

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