Friday, February 6, 2009

Greetings from Episcopal Urban Caucus

Greetings from the Annual Assembly of the Episcopal Urban Caucus being held in Mobile, Alabama this week. I have attended this annual event for five of the last six years. The Assembly brings people together from all over the country to network about common interests related to urban and justice ministries. Today I attended two interesting workshops. The first was on race relations in Mobile, centered on the still segregated Mardi Gras celebrations here. A film has recently been made of this phenomenon called "the Order of Myths." The second workshop was put on by people of the Diocese of New York who have put together a new resource for conversation about "Reparations, Repair, and Reconciliation." It's very well done and might be a good follow-up to our anti-racism dialogue. The 2006 General Convention asked dioceses to hold conversations about the notion of reparations for slavery, as well as an exploration of the diocese's complicity in slavery in its history.

Tonight we actually get to see a Mardi Gras parade in addition to attending the banquet for the Assembly. Tomorrow the Assembly closes with a business meeting. I will be one of the nominees for the Board of Directors of the Caucus.

Looking forward to Absalom Jones Sunday this weekend!

Michael

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