At the 2020 gathering of the Diocesan Convention of the Episcopal Church we unanimously voted to engage in the work of reparations in our diocese.
RESOLVED, that this 236th Convention of the Diocese of Maryland encourages and affirms the creation of a reparations fund by the Diocesan Council with an initial seed investment of $1,000,000 from diocesan resources to the work of reparations. The Diocesan Council will ensure sound fiscal management and administration of the fund and its use in coordination with the committee appointed for such work; and be it further
RESOLVED, that this 236th Convention of the Diocese of Maryland urges all congregations and affiliated schools in the diocese to prayerfully consider committing a percentage of their endowments or other resources to this fund. Percentages would be determined by each congregation and affiliated school independently; and be it further
RESOLVED, that this 236th Convention of the Diocese of Maryland urges the Diocesan Council to intentionally foster opportunities to engage in racial, reconciliation, restitution and restoration arising from the Diocese of Maryland’s complicity in supporting the practice of chattel slavery and the legacy of immense harm caused by systemic and institutional racism which continues today.
At the conclusion of our book study on “How To Be An Anti-Racist”, September 2020, the group decided that All Saints’ needed to seriously engage the work of reparations, not only by contributing to the diocesan fund but also discovering what we are called to repair in Frederick, Maryland.
This small group is beginning the work of reparations within the structure of community organizing. We are making one-to-one conversations with various BIPOC people in our community to learn what their interest is in the work of reparations. As a predominately white church community, we lack the insight and awareness of where our community is wounded and what needs repair. The only way we will learn what action we are called to take is by aligning ourselves with the people who are deeply affected by those wounds. We must listen to and allow our friends to lead us out of blindness and into sight.