In the wake of tragic deaths, violence, and ongoing struggles for equality in our nation, the Holy Cross Vestry resolves that we cannot remain silent or stand idle in Jesus' ministry of reconciliation. Certainly, every parish, ministry, and individual experiences this vocation differently, but working in our various ways to end racism and injustice is part of our Christian vocation.

Over the past months, the Vestry has discussed how we ought to respond—even and especially in transition and pandemic—to this moment, to parishioners and neighbors looking to Holy Cross for our response. Click on the link below to read the statement that was adopted.

Vestry Statement
on Racial Justice

Members of the Presiding Bishop’s staff have curated a list of resources for racial justice and reconciliation, which we share here along with other resources in the hope of providing our community with a way to meaningfully respond to the hurt they are seeing in the world. This is by no means exhaustive, but should help you to move in the right direction.


The Episcopal Church's Becoming Beloved Community represents not so much a set of programs as a journey, a set of interrelated commitments around which Episcopalians may organize our many efforts to respond to racial injustice and grow a community of reconcilers, justice-makers, and healers.

Becoming Beloved Community

In this time of national upheaval, outrage, and fear, The Episcopal Church’s Department of Reconciliation, Justice and Creation Care and the Office of Government Relations have assembled resources to assist individuals, congregations and communities seeking to LEARN, PRAY and ACT.

Responding to Racist Violence

Presiding Bishop Michael Curry

Presiding Bishop Michael Curry's Word to the Church

When the Cameras are Gone, We Will Still Be Here

Resources for Families

Illustrated Ministry, which creates accessible faith-based resources for the church and home, offers this list of resources for white parents to raise anti-racist children.

Resources for Families

The History of Anti-Black Violence and Inequality

Smithsonian Magazine offers 158 Resources to Understand Racism in America, a compilation of articles, videos, podcasts, and websites that address anti-black violence and inequality.

Click here.

Websites & Other Online Resources

Books & Articles

America's Original Sin: Racism, White Privilege, and the Bridge to a New America
Jim Wallis - 2016

Ngozi Adichie  – 2014

Blood Cries Out from the Ground: Reflections from Ferguson
Anglican Theological Review article by The Rt. Rev. Wayne Smith

Bloody July
An article written by The Rev. Deacon Charles Allen Wynder, Jr., is the Episcopal Church’s missioner for social justice and advocacy engagement.

Constructing Solidarity for a Liberative Ethic: Anti-Racism, Action, and Justice
Tammerie Day

Dear White Christians: For Those Still Longing for Racial Reconciliation
Jennifer Harvey - 2014

Everyday Bias: Identifying and Navigating Unconscious Judgments in Our Daily Lives
Howard J. Ross

Faces At The Bottom Of The Well: The Permanence Of Racism
Derrick Bell - 1993

For Some Christians Talking about Race Is Tough and Long Overdue
Online article from the Washington Post, July 19, 2016

It’s Never Too Soon to Talk about Race in Your Church
Online article and audio interview with Jemar Tisby

Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption
Bryan Stevenson

Living into God’s Dream: Dismantling Racism in America
Catherine Meeks

Punished: Policing the Lives of Black and Latino Boys
Victor Rios - 2011

Race Matters
Cornel West - 1994

Race: A Theological Account
J. Kameron Carter

Racing to Justice: Transforming Our Conceptions of Self and Other to Build an Inclusive Society
John A. Powell - 2015

Racism without Racists: Color-Blind Racism and the Persistence of Racial Inequality in America
Eduardo Bonilla-Silva

Reconciling All Things: A Christian Vision for Justice, Peace and Healing
Emmanuel Katongole and Chris Rice

To Serve and Protect: The Police, Race, and The Episcopal Church in the Black Lives Matter Era
Special project by Trinity Wall Street, published in The Living Church

Stand Your Ground: Black Bodies and the Justice of God
Kelly Brown Douglas - 2015

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness
Michelle Alexander

The Time for Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation Is Now
Gail C. Christopher

Understanding White Privilege: Creating Pathways to Authentic Relationships Across Race
Frances E. Kendall

What's Faith Got to Do with It?: Black Bodies/Christian Souls
Kelly Brown Douglas

Whistling Vivaldi: How Stereotypes Affect Us and What We Can Do
Claude M. Steele - 2011

White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America
Nancy Isenberg - 2016

Witnessing Whiteness: The Need to Talk About Race and How to Do It
Shelly Tochluk