Becoming Beloved Community: Vision, Plan and Resources

Presiding Bishop Michael Curry has called on all parish members to study, pray and act on the issue of racial reconciliation. 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. The Becoming Beloved Community Vision Document and accompanying resources help us to understand and take up the long-term commitments necessary to form loving, liberating and life-giving relationships with each other. Together, we are growing as reconcilers, justice-makers, and healers in the name of Christ. 

Saint James will provide online resources here, as well as, from the Diocese and national Church to help us all to understand our connected history with slavery, emancipation, Jim Crow, the Civil Rights movement and cuurent issues of Black Lives Matter.

Ask the Holy Spirit to open your complete self to listening, learning and being transformed by God's love to Buidling Beloved Community in our state, nation and the world.

CLICK HERE to go to the national website.

The Church Awakens: African Americans and the Stuggle for Justice

Explore the Epsicopal Church Archives online exhibit and the struggle of African Americans for justice.

Click on the photo of The Reverend Absalom Jones, the first ordained African American Episcopal Priest to visit the online exhibit.


White privilege is a phrase that can make caucasians bristle at first. The term is not merely about economic privilege, but the societal advantages being white makes life easier in areas of education, finance, medical, and justice situations. Take the test and and answer each question. Then reflect on what advantages you have experienced living in a predominantly white society.


ANTIRACISM COMMISSION Episcopal Diocese of Chicago

The Antiracism Commission of the Episcopal Diocese of Chicago (ARC) is dedicated to overcoming racism through the pursuit of antiracist policies, practices and procedures in the Diocese of Chicago.

Find and explore resources from the Diocesan Antiracism Commission by clicking here.

ONBEING with Krista Tippett

A Conversation with Rep. John Lewis "Love in Action" on his involvement in The Civil Rights Movement - click here to listen

A Conversation with Rep. John Lewis "We are the Beloved Community" - click here to listen

A Conversation with Ruby Sales - "Where Does It Hurt"- click here to listen. Ruby Sales is an African American Civil Rights Activist and Public Theologian. Episcopal Seminarian Jonathan Myrick Daniels pushed Ruby out of the way of a white deputy sherriff and took a full shotgum blast dying instantly. Ruby has dedicated her life's work in honor of Jonathan and the sacrifice of his life for her.

A Conversation with Robin DiAngelo (Author of White Fragility) and Resmaa Menakem - click here to listen.

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