As you may have seen, the Episcopal Church recently released a racial justice audit of Episcopal leadership. While in no way a panacea, it is a long overdue start at data collection on this topic which should inform our mission and vision. The report shows, unsurprisingly, how far we have to go. I hope you will share it widely, and engage it personally. I am centering on it for many of my decisions, personal, and collective going forward. You can view it and share it at the link below.
This is a watershed study that will likely impact how the Church sets priorities as we continue to dismantle racism and pursue justice and healing. I encourage you to become familiar with the findings which will also help congregations and the Church look at ourselves and set priorities for action. There is a series of informational webinars being offered by The Episcopal Church, the first one being this evening and then two more in the month of June. Feel free to share this more widely.
The Rt. Rev. Gregory H. Rickel is the VIII Bishop of Olympia, the Episcopal Church in Western Washington State. He has been the bishop here since September, 2007.