The Episcopal Diocese of Connecticut

Racial Justice Resource Coordinator

Kelli R. GibsonKelli R. Gibson serves as ECCT's Racial Justice Resource Coordinator. This is a 10-hour/week position authorized by Annual Convention 2018. The resource coordinator serves ECCT bishops and staff, parishes, Region Missionaries and Region Leadership Teams, and Ministry Networks, particularly the Racial Healing, Justice, and Reconciliation Ministry Network (RHJRMN). The Canon for Mission Communication & Media serves as her supervisor. Kelli began May 8, 2019.

Kelli is a native of New Haven who attended the city's public schools. She completed her undergraduate studies at CCSU with a dual major in psychology and criminology. Currently she is in a Masters of Arts in Religion (MAR) program at Yale Divinity School, with a plan to concentrate in ethics. She's also a part of YDS' Black Church Studies certificate program, with expected graduation dates in 2020. Kelli has work experience in municipal and regional policy administration, sales, group home residential program management, and development consulting. She is the president of the Black Graduate Network at Yale, a leader in New Haven's "Pinky Promise" network, a ministry sponsorship director, a member of New Haven's NAACP Legal Redress Committee, and a New Haven Promise alum.

After the 2018 Annual Convention voted to hire a 10-hour a week resource coordinator to assist in specific ways with the Season of Racial Healing, Justice, and Reconciliation, ECCT's HR Administrator helped to create a job description, based directly on the Convention text (and listed below). The position was advertised on indeed.com and through ECCT media. After reviewing resumes, interviewing, and meeting with the bishop, ECCT hired Kelli R. Gibson effective May 8, 2019 to serve as Racial Justice Resource Coordinator.

Kelli's email address is kgibson@episcopalct.org. As part of her YDS program, Kelli has accepted a 10-week supervised ministry over the summer of 2019 in London, England, late May through early August, working with their YMCA to develop a new community chaplaincy program.  The working plan is for her to check email and work on ECCT projects on Mondays and Fridays while away; days and times may change after her return to classes in the fall. Request forms and other protocols are still in process.

Job description (responsibilities and tasks, taken from Convention):

Facilitate the gathering, curating, and dissemination of resources for Episcopalians in Connecticut to use in their “Season of Racial Healing, Justice, and Reconciliation," and that specifically, these will include resources that accomplish the following:

  • address the history of White supremacy;
  • facilitate the conversation on racism;
  • identify models of reconciliation around the issue of racism; and 
  • encourage more civic involvement surrounding the issue of racism.