The Anti-Racism Commission works to dismantle the institutionalized racism that continues to exist in the organizations, churches, systems, policies, practices and procedures in the Episcopal Diocese of Chicago.
We are committed to eradicating systemic racism by achieving full participation of people of color for equity in policy-making, decision making, programming and staffing on local, diocesan and national levels to raise up a people unified in a transformed Church that is living ever more fully into our Baptismal Covenant as disciples of Jesus Christ.
Our mission is accomplished primarily by:
- Establishing a common antiracist analysis to foster ongoing vigilance in identifying and dismantling systemic antiracist policies, practices and procedures. This common analysis and vocabulary is achieved through ARC endorsed training and education in issues of racism.
- Organizing Church entities and communities by partnering with them to develop policies, processes and plans to dismantle racist structures.
- Raising up, promoting and advocating for people of color to have full access to leadership roles and participation at every level of diocesan life.
- Serving as a resource for antiracist work; and with God’s grace in so doing, to establish an antiracist identity in the Church for the life of the world.