The Diocese of Easton will begin the first of its Annual Fall Mission Summits with a focus on racial healing and justice. The Summit is scheduled for September 25, 2021, from 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. As the world and this nation remain in a state of COVID 19 awareness and caution, the 2021 summit will be virtually hosted on zoom. Our 2021 summit leader will be Dr. Catherine Meeks, renowned scholar, author and one of the leading authorities on racial healing, justice and reconciliation in the church and country. Dr. Meeks has led numerous workshops and seminars on the subject across dioceses of the Episcopal Church including the 79th session of the Episcopal Church General Convention, Austin, TX.
“Reconciliation is at the heart of the Jesus Movement. Through it, we grow loving, liberating, life-giving relationships with each other, dismantling and healing racial injustices and hierarchies that separate the human family of God. With God’s help, the Episcopal Church is living into a long-term commitment to Becoming the Beloved Community: we are telling the truth about our churches and race, proclaiming God’s dream of wholeness with our neighbors, practicing Jesus’ way of love, and repairing the breach in our society and institutions.” (Dr. Catherine Meeks – Founding Executive Director for Absalom Jones Episcopal Center for Racial Healing, Atlanta, GA)
Two books already recommended by Dr. Meeks for study and discussion prior to the summit, are “Waking Up White” by Debby Irving and “Jesus and the Disinherited” by Howard Thurman. More information on the summit will continue to be disseminated to the diocese over the coming months including other resources for parishes and members to consider in preparation for the summit.