Beloved Community: Commission for Racial Reconciliation

The Beloved Community Commission was established by the Bishop of Tennessee as a Task Force in the summer of 2016 and became a Commission late in the inaugural year of 2017.  A professionally facilitated discernment process was conducted in 2017  through which the following mission statement was developed.

Mission
To live out our Baptismal covenant; “to seek and serve Christ in all persons,
loving our neighbors as ourselves and to strive for justice and peace among all people,
respecting the dignity of every human being.”

To this end, the commission strives to:

  • Work toward full inclusivity, both racially and ethnically, of the staff of the Diocese, elected lay and clergy leaders, clergy and bishops,
  • Take the necessary steps in the healing of the wounds of our Church, it’s members and our communities,
  • Educate members about the effects of racism on people of color and white people and to convey the understanding that racism hurts everyone.

For further insight into the issues involved in race and reconciliation, click on the links below for lists of different media and actions taken within our diocese and around The Episcopal Church.  Check back here often as  new resources will be added frequently.