The Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina has made a resolute and public commitment to its work on racial justice and reconciliation as well as its willingness to explore its history, legacy and role in upholding a system of white supremacy. It is the first of its diocesan priorities and a focus of the in-development mission strategy that will help determine the direction of the diocese in coming years.
This commitment is a clear sign that diocesan leadership is not satisfied with the status quo and is ready to see things change, to see things done in a different way and to work to ensure that the dignity of every person is respected and recognize each person as an equally loved child of God.
Though the journey will be a long one, there will also be victories and milestones to celebrate along the way. When the newest members of Standing Committee were installed at the start of 2021, one of those milestones came to pass with the election of the Rev. Jemonde Taylor as president of Standing Committee. He is the first Black person to serve in that role.
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