Exploring Diversity and Nurturing Cultural Competency
A call to appreciate one another as children of God continually has been repeated at the General Conventions of the Episcopal Church.
In 2009, the General Convention urged every leadership body of the Church to institute programs or sessions on ‘anti-racism’. Dioceses around the globe instituted anti-racism training and many use Seeing the Face of God in Each Other, the Episcopal Church's curriculum designed to make us all more aware of how society's racist past still haunts us today. (Trainers Manual, Seeing the Face of God flyer and other resources from the Episcopal Church).
In 2013, thanks to a Sowing Seeds of God's Mission Grant, Province 1 leaders from each of our dioceses and from Episcopal Divinity School began collaborating on a new vision to create a wide variety of entry points to address racism.
The group decided to focus on providing multiple access points and immersive ways to INCREASE SENSITIVITY, AWARENESS/KNOWLEDGE, and SKILLS [competencies] with respect to one's own and others' multi-cultural contexts. The task force's goal is to SPUR ACTION to enact the Dream of God.
The result is that we are developing a type of RESOURCE CENTER with materials, activities, and forums (i.e. threaded discusisons and live web conferences) to lend support to you and your efforts. The Province 1 Anti-Racism Task Force hopes the resources below enhance cultural competency with the goal to eradicate racism throughout the Province.
The Task Force includes representatives from each of the New England Episcopal Dioceses: James McKim (NH and the Province I Antiracism Representive to Executive Council), the Rev. Canon Hannah Anderson (NH), the Rev. Karen Montagna (MA), Deacon Ema Rosero-Nordalm (MA), Becky Alden (MA), Alexizendria Link (W MA), Canon Robin Hammeal-Urban (CT) and Liz Magill (EDS). For more information and/or to join the conversation, contact one of them or Julie Lytle, Executive Director: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Anti-Racism Resource Center