Race, Culture & Justice
The diocese is committed to working against racism and toward racial reconciliation, and to celebrating the great cultural diversity of our communities. Keep an eye of the events calendar and the news section for opportunities to receive training, participate in workshops, attend speeches and forums and lend your energies to advocacy efforts. For more information, contact the Rev. Paula Clark, canon for multicultural ministries.
Race and Justice
Bishop Mariann Edgar Budde is a member of Bishops United Against Gun Violence a group of more than 65 Episcopal bishops working to curtail the epidemic of gun violence in the United States. "We believe in a God of life in the face of death who calls our church to speak and act decisively against the unholy trinity of poverty, racism and violence," the bishops say in their mission statement.
Writings by the bishop and other on issues of race and the diocese's efforts to fight racism include:
- "We Must be Clear: White Racism is Sin" by Bishop Mariann Budde
- "Driving While Black and White" by Bishop Mariann Budde
- "Summer Youth Employment Program to Rebuild the Community" by Micha Green
- "On the Shooting at 'Mother Emmanuel'" by Bishop Budde and Dean Gary Hall
- "Focused Spiritual Attention on Racial Justice" by Bishop Budde
If your parish has less than 80 percent of any single racial group, sociologists would label it “multicultural.” Using that definition, the diocese is blessed to count nearly a third of its churches as multicultural.
Due to our Anglican roots, we are a natural draw for our neighbors from the Caribbean, West Africa, Mexico, Central and South America, and they compose a significant proportion of the membership of several parishes in the diocese.
Multicultural parishes, though, bring multicultural realities — different expectations of parish leadership, stewardship, and liturgy.
The diocese is committed to working with parishes involved in multicultural ministry. Our goal is to provide resources, collaborative opportunities and support for multicultural parishes and also to all worshipping communities in the diocese that are seeking to deepen and expand their multiculturalism. To strengthen your multicultural ministries, contact the Rev. Paula Clark, Canon for Clergy Development & Multicultural Ministries at 202-537-6552.
Multicultural Awareness of Gifts, Inc. (MAGI) is a group of diocesan clergy dedicated to deepening diversity in their parishes. Since 1995, MAGI members have met to share best practices and leadership models with the hope of broadening and deepening the diversity of their parishes. Current participating MAGI parishes include Ascension, Silver Spring; Our Saviour, Hillandale; Good Shepherd, Silver Spring; St. Mary Magdalene, Silver Spring; Grace, Silver Spring; St. Christopher’s, New Carrollton; St. John’s, Beltsville; St. Mark’s, Fairland; St. Stephen & the Incarnation Church, DC; Transfiguration, Silver Spring; Trinity, DC. MAGI is always looking for new members, so if your parish is interested in participating, contact Canon Clark.