The history of contributions to the Episcopal Church by its black clergy and black congregations is long and inspiring.

The church pays tribute to this legacy by supporting and fostering the growth of black congregations through partnerships that reach across ethnic and racial boundaries, from the Episcopal provinces, dioceses, and deaneries to local parishes. Through the Recruitment, Training, and Development Program, black postulants and candidates for ministry are empowered and encouraged to seek vocations in lay and ordained ministries. This program offers an annual conference to provide historical perspectives of black Episcopalians in the church, leadership training, opportunities for networking, and mentoring for ongoing education and spiritual growth.


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March 6, 2012
Bishop Suffragan Diane Bruce of Los Angeles is blessed during a Native American ceremony at the New Community conference. Photo/Keith Yamamoto [Episcopal News Service] Stories of faith and personal witness animated the historic Feb. 29 – March 3 “New Community Gathering” in San Diego of about 300 Asian, Black, Latino and Native American clergy and laity from across the...
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January 17, 2012
A Consultation on Alternative Leadership and Theological Training was held January 11-14, 2012, in a suburb of Oklahoma City. This was the first ever churchwide gathering of Episcopal Church leaders involved in ethnic ministries for the purpose of identifying and discussing the common elements of ministry in ethnic communities. The four ethnic missioners of the Episcopal Church (Sarah Eagle Heart...
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February 25, 2011
Young adult Episcopalians of color will have an opportunity to explore their call to ministry at a weekend retreat, "Why Serve 2011: A Vocational Discernment Conference for Young Adults of Color," according to a release from the Episcopal Church's public affairs office. The retreat will take place June 2 - 6 at the School of Theology, University of the South, Sewanee, Tennessee. The...
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February 24, 2011
The four Episcopal Church ethnic ministries offices have teamed with Virginia Theological Seminary for a first-of-its-kind three-day International Episcopal Seminarians of Color Conference, with the theme "One Bread One Body," according to a release from the church's public affairs office. The conference will be held March 15-18 at VTS in Alexandria. More than 50 students from...
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December 15, 2010
One month before the historic Jan. 9 referendum in which the people of southern Sudan are expected to vote for independence from the north, the Episcopal Diocese of Arizona hosted the fifth annual Sudanese Leadership Summit aimed at strengthening Sudanese ministry in the United States. "I think what was most enlightening for me about being here is being able to learn from other Sudanese...