The goal of the Commission to End Racism is to educate people so that they become more aware of the divisiveness (sin) of racism and are able to confront it. Living out this mission takes many forms: working to understand how racism affects our own lives, and carrying the message to the church and to the world that hatred and discrimination are wrong. Living out this mission takes training, education, passion, creativity, and prayer.

The Commission puts on anti-racism workshops, called “Seeing the Face of God in Each Other” at least twice a year in different locations through out the Diocese. The workshops were developed by The Social Justice Department of The Episcopal Church Center in 2003. The Commission tries to raise people’s awareness by celebrating the anniversary of The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s death on April 4th with a Walk.

The goal of the Commission to End Racism is to make ourselves, and others, more aware of the divisiveness (sin) of racism, to give us skills to confront racism in ourselves and in institutions, to transform ourselves, and the people around us, to become a more open and just community based on love for each other.

What You Can Do

  • Attend Anti-Racism training workshops through the Diocese of Oregon
  • Become a multi-culturally competent person resisting racism
  • Challenge prejudice, intolerance and racism in the church and the community wherever it exists
  • Join the Anti-Racism committee in your church or diocese
  • Join with other denominations and faith traditions to dismantle institutional and systemic racism
  • Understand the connection between racism and other forms of oppression
  • Read and share articles, books and publications on racism and related oppressions to sustain you on your journey

What The Church Can Do

Resources & Links

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National Church Book List

Red Tails by The Rev. Alcena Boozer

Chronology of Race Relations in the Episcopal Diocese of Oregon by Richard Lee Van Orman

History of Good Shepherd, Albina by Richard Lee Van Orman

Epiphany Mission and Fr. Kenneth Nakajo by Richard Van Orman

Anti-Racism Training in the Diocese of Oregon by Katie Nesbitt

My Trip to Lakewood: Absalom Jones Story by John Nesbitt

The Buffalo Soldier by John Nesbitt

Pierce v. Society of Sisters, et. al. 268 U.S. 510 (1925)

Toledo Incident of 1925 by Ted W. Cox

Chinese Massacre at Deep Creek by Greg Nokes

Paratrooper Fought Two Foes: Enemy, Racism by Bill Rufty

The History of the Triple Nickle

Why, as Christians, We Must Oppose Racism

Too many Episcopalians were silent on slavery, Massachusetts bishop tells Congressional committee

The Nez Perce People & Wallowa County


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Episcopal Church

Social Justice Ministries

Office of Black Ministries

Native American Ministries

Asian American Ministries

Peace & Justice Ministries

Other Related Links

American Baptist Church

Evangelical Lutheran Church

Mennonite Church USA

Presbyterian Church USA

Presbyterian Multicultural Church Network

United Church of Christ Search under “Change the World”

United Methodist Church – General Commission on Religion and Race – Website reveals socioeconomic inequalities

Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon

Southern Poverty Law Center – Teaching tolerance

I Care’s Crosspoint Anti-racism