The Justice and Racial Reconciliation Task Force was created to help the diocese live into its role as the Episcopal Branch of the Jesus Movement in eastern Kansas, especially regarding issues of racial reconciliation, one of the three Jesus Movement areas of focus articulated by Presiding Bishop Michael Curry. The task force supports the bishop and the Diocese of Kansas as we learn and grow in our awareness of the dynamics of racism and white supremacy in the church and our nation.
We see our work within the larger sweep of the Episcopal Church’s Becoming Beloved Community initiative and have structured our recent priorities in response to the Anti-racism Covenant developed by Bishop Deon Johnson of Missouri, to which both our bishop and the diocese are signatories.
The task force is divided into three working groups:
Education: Advises the task force and the diocese on opportunities for learning about the history of racism and the Christian imperative to fight white supremacy. They vet and develop curricula for lay and ordained leadership of the diocese.
Policy: Advises the task force and the diocese on the ways that church policy and procedure have been used to promote white supremacy and works to develop anti-racist policies for parishes and the diocese.
Justice: Advises the task force and the diocese on the ongoing effects of structural racism in secular political and economic life. This group equips Episcopalians to fight for equality in our cities, state and nation, especially through elections and advocacy. They work with partners to address and eliminate economic marginalization.