2022 Resolution #3:
Task Force on Truth Telling, Reckoning, and Healing

Secretary of the Convention

Last Update: August 16th, 2022

Status

This proposed resolution is being reviewed by the Committee on Resolutions and may not be in its final form.

Resolved, That the 173rd Convention of the Diocese of California hereby establishes a Task Force on Truth-telling, Reckoning, and Healing to expand upon the work of the Racial Reconciliation Task Force of 2009 and respond to Resolutions A125, A126, A127, and A129 of the 80th General Convention;

Resolved, That the Task Force gather information on racism and discrimination in the history of the Diocese of California, with particular attention to groups not previously covered by the Racial Reconciliation Task Force of 2009, such as Asian Americans and indigenous peoples, the lived experience of minority members of the diocese, and assets tied to historical and current racial injustices;

Resolved, That the Task Force examine the language of the Constitution and Canons of the Diocese of California in regard to any “colonialist, racist and white supremacist, imperialist and nationalistic language and content” and develop proposals for amending that language (2022-A126);

Resolved, That the Task Force consult with and participate in the Episcopal Coalition for Racial Equity and Justice established by 2022-A125 for resources to aid them in doing this work including historical research that pertains to the Episcopal Church in California; 

Resolved, That the information gathering be used as the foundation for recommendations for further action to continue our growth towards Beloved Community; 

Resolved, That the Task force shall consist of a minimum of 15 members, reflecting the diversity of the Diocese of California, and with appropriate representation of congregations in which people of color are a majority, to be appointed by the Bishop or the Bishop’s designee; and

Resolved, That the Task Force report its findings to the Executive Council by September 2023, 2024, and 2025 and the Diocesan Conventions in 2023, 2024, and 2025.

Explanation:

Our Baptismal Covenant calls us to “strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being.” In order to fulfill that covenant and continue the work of becoming Beloved Community, this resolution extends work by our diocese’s Racial Reconciliation Task Force of 2009 and localizes and implements resolutions A125, A126, A127 and A129 passed by General Convention this year. 

In 2009, the Racial Reconciliation Task Force was charged to “study the complicity of the Diocese in the institution of transatlantic slavery and to disclose any direct or indirect economic benefits to the Diocese resulting from slavery, slave owners, and slave related activities.” The resulting report illuminated some of our history, but also made recommendations for further work. In particular, the task force noted that oppression is not limited to African Americans, and recommended further study of our complicity in other racist and discriminatory policies.

This year, at the 80th General Convention, resolution 2022-A125 established the Episcopal Coalition for Racial Equity and Justice as a voluntary association dedicated to becoming Beloved Community. 2022-A126 calls for a review of language in the Book of Common Prayer and The Hymnal 1982; this resolution would apply a similar lens to diocesan documents. 

2022-A127 has drawn our attention to the “intergenerational trauma caused by the Doctrine of Discovery, colonialism, genocide, ethnocide through the operation of Indigenous boarding schools, and other systems of white supremacy that have oppressed Indigenous peoples.” We are encouraged to research our history with indigenous boarding schools and provide a platform for the stories of survivors.

2022-A129 “urges each diocese to conduct its own historical research on the origins and sources of their financial and all other assets” with regard to slavery and racial injustices. This is directly related to the Racial Reconciliation Task Force’s work, but may be extended further.

Submitted by:

Laura Curlin, Delegate, St. Cyprian’s San Francisco and lay alternate to General Convention 2022, lecurlin@gmail.com

Endorsed by:

Rev. Dr. Cameron Partridge, Rector, St. Aidan’s San Francisco
Sarah Lawton, St. John the Evangelist, San Francisco
Rev. Ruth Meyers, All Souls, Berkeley
Karma Quick-Panwala, Grace Cathedral, San Francisco
Ron Hermanson, Grace Cathedral, San Francisco
Warren J. Wong, St. James, San Francisco