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Racial Justice in the Episcopal Church

The Becoming Beloved Community vision was presented by the National Church’s key leaders in May 2017 and has been continually revisited since. It is a practical and theological framework guiding Episcopalians into racial healing, justice and reconciliation. It is a positive and biblically based ideal – a dream toward which we strive. It is the end toward which the Jesus Movement points.

Sacred Ground is a film and readings-based dialogue series on race, grounded in faith.  Small groups are invited to walk through chapters of America’s history of race and racism, while weaving in threads of family story, economic class, and political and regional identity.

The 11-part series is built around a powerful online curriculum of documentary films and readings that focus on Indigenous, Black, Latino, and Asian/Pacific American histories as they intersect with European American histories.

At St Charles Church we have had two Sacred Ground circles (groups). They were just the first steps in becoming better informed about racism in our country’s and church’s history. After reflectively discerning, the people involved in those circles are now working on taking action, and inviting our entire community to join us. We are committed to continuing to learn, but also to building partnerships, identifying needs, and growing our advocacy right here in the Fox Valley.

Recommended Books, Movies, and more...


The Diocese of Chicago Resolution on Antiracism

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Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson

The Social Justice Bible Challenge

   Edited by Marek P. Zabriske

Up Home- One Girl’s Journey by Ruth J. Simmons

Jenisha From Kentucky by Jenisha Watts

       The Atlantic, October 2023

And there was light: Abraham Lincoln and the American Struggle        by Jon Meacham

Resurrection Hope by Kelly Brown Douglas

Life on The Color Line by Gregory Williams

Face to the Rising Sun by Mark Bozzuti Jones

Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man

      by Emmanuel Acho

We Cry Justice: Reading the Bible with the Poor Peoples’ Campaign         by LIz Theoharis

His Truth is Marching On: John Lewis and the Power of Hope          by Jon Meacham

The Ground Breaking by Scott Ellsworth

Better Not Bitter by Yusef Salaam

Injustice Inc. by Daniel Hatcher

The Blood of Emmit Till by Timothy Egan

The Unjust Steward by Miguel Escobar

Fever in the Heartland by Timothy Egan

Barking to the Choir by Gregory Abbott

The Three Mothers by Anna Tubbs

Good As New: A Radical Retelling of the Scriptures

      by John Henson

America’s Original Sin by Jim Wallace 

Faithful Antiracism

     by Christina Edmonson and Chad Brennan

Waking Up White by Debby Irving

Dream Town by Laura Meckler

America in the King Years trilogy by Taylor Branch

Eyes on the Prize…PBS documentary series

The Bluest Eye…Toni Morrison

A Black Theology of Liberation, James Cone 

Race Matters, Cornel West 

Project 1619: A New Origin Story, Nikole Hannah-Jones

How to be an Antiracist, Ibram X Kendi

Stamped From the Beginning, Ibram X Kendi 

The Water Dancer (Fiction), Ta Nehisi Coates 

Between the World and Me, Ta Nehisi Coates 

Their Eyes Were Watching God (Fiction)

     Zora Neale Hurston 

The Bluest Eye (Fiction), Toni Morrison 

The Man Who Lived Underground (Fiction)

     Richard Wright


Also See...


Southern Poverty Law Center 

Coalition for Racial Justice and Equity

Center for Racial Healing


Glory          (Morgan Freeman) 

Fences       (Denzel Washington) 

The Butler (Forest Whitaker) 

Self Made  (Octavia Spencer)



National Public Radio has a variety of podcasts on this topic.

Other Literature

Plays by August Wilson

Poetry by Langston Hughes 

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