Invitation to Participate in Holy Conversation

On November 15, the Episcopal Church will host and produce a webcast forum on a critical topic for our times:  Fifty Years Later: The State of Racism in America.

The forum will originate from St. Andrew’s Episcopal Cathedral in Jackson, Mississippi, and will invite Episcopalians to examine the state of racism in America 50 years after the historic March on Washington. It will be moderated by well-known journalist and PBS commentator Ray Suarez.  Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori will keynote the event.

The Diocesan Commission for Racial Understanding (CRU) will host group viewings of this webcast and invites adults and youth to participate in one of the following ways. First, you may attend one of the two selected viewings on Saturday November 16 or 23 (locations indicated below). Or, you may view the full webcast on your own on Friday November 15 at

Saturday viewings are 9:30 am - 12:00 pm.  CRU members will moderate discussions in response to the selected content viewings.

November 16 @ 9:30 am
St. Andrew's, Toledo
St. James, Painesville
Christ Church, Kent

November 23 at 9:30 am
Grace Church, Mansfield
St. Philip's, Akron
Christ Church, Shaker Heights

The sessions will begin at 9:30 am with coffee, light snacks, and introductions. The webcast and conversation will start at 10:00 am and conversations will be finished by 12:00 pm.

Given the sensitive nature of our topic, members of the Commission for Racial Understanding will be on hand to moderate the discussions and cultivate a safe space to talk with one another about this important dynamic in our communities. As indicated above, we encourage you to invite your youth, so that their voices may be added to this important conversation. We hope to see many of you at this important event.

To register, go to:
Questions, send an email to Eva Cole in the Bishop’s Office at