The Episcopal Diocese of Connecticut

Racial Healing, Justice, and Reconciliation

FocusA network of lay and clergy persons who are passionate about and strive for racial healing, justice, reconciliation and restoring all human beings to each other, the church and God.

ScopeA Racial Justice and Racial Reconciliation Ministry Network was launched following Trinity Institute's program in 2016 and in fall of 2018 it merged with the ECCT Leadership Racial Healing, Justice and Reconciliation working group. It meets occasionally and members Suzy Burke and the Rev. Rowena Kemp maintain a Google group listserve for conversation. Future actions by the emerging Ministry Network include attendance at the play, Queens of the Golden Mask at the Ivoryton Playhouse on November 14, 2018 at 7:30 pm in Essex.  We also collect and share resources for parishes; are organizing a trip to the National Museum of African American History and Culture and The Diocese of Rhode Island's Center for Reconciliation. The Ministry Network plans to continue offering workshops and an information table at our Annual Diocesan Convention and Spring Training as well as be leaders in ECCT's Season of Racial Healing, Justice and Reconciliation.

See a full list of our six areas of focus, below.

Contact: 

Meeting information:

  • Regular Meetings: ECCT Leadership Gatherings - quarterly
  • Public Events: Spring Training in April and other Events as publicized

ECCT parishes active: Grace, Hartford, St James', New London, Trinity, Limerock, St Monica's, Hartford, St John's, North Guilford, St John's, Essex, St Luke's, New Haven, St Matthew's, Wilton, St. John's, Pine Meadow, Trinity, Collinsville, Trinity, Tariffville, Holy Trinity, Middletown, Christ Church, Cathedral, St John's, West Hartford

Other Partners: This is the merger of the ECCT Leadership working group and the original ministry network.

Six areas of focus for the work (established fall 2018):

1.       Reconciliation Models – Research, identify and make available local and global reconciliation models ECCT and/or parishes will find useful as we build our strategy for racial healing, justice and reconciliation in the Episcopal Church in CT and beyond. 

2.       Formation/Resources – Identify formation needs, and curate and distribute resources and user-friendly materials for people of all ages that parishes and individuals can use in their efforts to bring about racial healing, justice and reconciliation in the Episcopal Church in CT and beyond.  

3.       Training/Facilitation – Investigate and coordinate the delivery of training programs focused on helping ECCT address the role of white supremacy in enabling the sin of racism in ECCT and having truth-telling conversations and active listening sessions focused on racial healing, justice, and reconciliation. 

4.       Communication – Work with the ECCT Canon for Mission Communication & Media to develop a comprehensive communications strategy that keeps ECCT’s myriad effort to bring about racial healing, justice and reconciliation in the Episcopal Church in CT clearly visible and execute agreed communications initiatives. 

5.       Event Coordination – Plan, coordinate and lead the field trips associated with ECCT’s two-year season of racial healing, justice, and reconciliation. 

6.       Advocacy/Civic Engagement – Develop a comprehensive strategy for civic involvement on the issue of racism including advocacy and political action, communicate it widely and facilitate suggested activities and events.