Healing Racism Resources

Save the date: Healing Racism Training — August 17 and 18 at St. Jude's, Cupertino.

Talking about race in our culture, in our Church, in America, is one of the most difficult (and feared) conversations in our times and necessary to heal our world. Presiding Bishop Michael Curry said: "[The] Episcopal Church made a commitment to what I call the Jesus Movement and a commitment to following in the way of Jesus of Nazareth... which is the way of God’s love in this world. And doing it by a way of evangelism and a way that leads to racial reconciliation in our society and in our world." To create the skills for evangelism and conversation on race the Diocese of California offers Healing Racism Training. This course is open to all and successful completion fulfill the anti-racism requirements for lay leaders and postulants to Holy Orders. Instructors are the Rev. Jay Watan and the Rev. Eric Metoyer.

When: Friday, August 17 to Saturday August 18, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day
WhereSt Jude’s, 20920 McClellan Road, Cupertino
Cost: $50, includes materials, lunch (two days), snack. Scholarship available, contact Rev Eric Metoyer
Contact: the Rev Eric Metoyer, ericm@diocal.org


Dear Faith In Action SF Clergy Group,

Please see the invitation below for a very important statewide day of action in Sacramento, being organized by PICO California. The goal is to advance a set of bills aimed at reforming the bail system and police accountability, and also to challenge the influence over elections currently held by private prisons and detention centers. The Rev. Ben McBride has made a specific request that clergy attend and help lead the demonstrations and legislative visits in Sacramento. We would like to organize a contingent from the SF Clergy Group, as this directly relates to the work we have been doing around immigrant justice and detention. If we can mobilize a critical mass of people, then the bus can pick us up in San Francisco. Depending on traffic, we anticipate that the bus will return to the Bay Area around 4-5 p.m.

I hope that you can join us! 

Freedom Bus Leaves San Francisco at 7AM
Location TBD, Will Be Accessible by BART
Bus Fare for Adults: $5
Bus Fare for Children, Seniors: $3
No One Will Be Turned Away for Lack of Funds!

RSVP Here and email fiaba-clergy-group@googlegroups.com if you are a clergy person attending.

Thank you so much for your on-going dedication to this important and sacred work!

In hope and solidarity,

Natalie & Lorena

More Details on Freedom Bus Day of Action

In a loud, unified, and prophetic voice, we will demand that our legislators stop the criminalization of our families. Family separation--whether it is enforced by the immigration system or mass incarceration--hurts our Black and Brown families.

At this PICO California Prophetic Day of Action, we will urge our legislators to 1) divest from corporations that build private prisons and detention facilities and 2) pledge never to accept campaign funds from these corporations in the future.

We will demand that our legislators allow three bills that are important for the wellbeing of our families to come off the "suspense file" and reach the Assembly and Senate floors for an official vote:

  • AB 931, Law Enforcement Use of Force
  • SB 10, Bail Reform
  • and SB 1421, Police Transparency and Accountability


Let's Challenge the Private Detention and Prison Industry's Lobbying Power in Sacramento

The corporations Core Civic and GEO Group contributed at least $370,000 in campaign funding to both Democratic and Republican legislators to advance their family separation agenda.

Core Civic and GEO Group build private prisons, detention centers, halfway houses, and foster care facilities. These corporations have turned the mass criminalization and incarceration of our families into a money-making machine.

Let's Urge Our Legislators to Sign
Our "Families Belong Together Divestment Pledge"

At this Day of Action, we will urge our legislators to:

  1. Return any campaign contributions from corporations that build private prisons and detention centers
  2. Issue a public statement that affirming the family values that guided their decision to divest
  3. Sign a pledge to never accept campaign contributions from these corporations in the future

Come Take the Freedom Bus to Sacramento! — RSVP here

Presiding Bishop Curry Brings Revival to El Camino Real — Article and Video Resource


[Diocese of El Camino Real | January 19, 2017] "On Saturday, January 7, an electric crowd of about 800 Episcopalians, friends, and family experienced the amazing presence of the Most Rev. Michael Curry, presiding bishop and chief pastor of the Episcopal Church. His keynote address in Salinas energized, inspired, and entertained the enthusiastic crowd, explaining the origins of the Jesus Movement and urging Christians to share Jesus’ message of love with a world in need. Hosted by the Diocese of El Camino Real, the January 7 revival-style event also included an equally lively address from Canon Stephanie Spellers on 21st Century mission and ministry, plus panel discussions and audience Q&A. The day’s events were emceed by Joseph W. Heston, president of central coast television station KSBW-TV. Heston introduced Bishop Mary Gray-Reeves,  who welcomed the crowd and brought out Bishop Curry for a “bishops’ selfie” before he began his address." 

Read more of article

Watch revival videos from Diocese of El Camino Real 

A Letter on Racial Reconciliation — from the House of Deputies

Click here to read more.











The New Jim Crow Facilitation Guide


Looking for a way to have conversations about racism in the United States?
This is a helpful guide from the Urban Peace Collaboration that will guide you through the steps of organizing and facilitating a six-week reading and reflection group on The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander.










A Letter to The Episcopal Church From the Presiding Bishop, President of the House of Deputies

Confession, Repentance, and Commitment to End Racism Sunday.

Click here to read.

Fifty Years Later: The State of Racism in America

Webcast video of all sessions from the November 2013 event at St. Andrew’s Cathedral, Jackson, Miss.

Click here to view videos.

Three-year study on how slavery affected DioCal pre-War of Southern Aggression

A Racial Reconciliation Task Force Report to DioCal Convention
Click here to read.

Brochure on The Rev. Peter Williams Casey and Annie Besent Cassey

Learn more about these local saints in the Diocese of California. The Rev. Peter Williams Casey was the first African American ordained west of the Mississippi, and his wife Annie was a co-founder for an early integrated school and a civil rights activist.

Click here to read.