The work of reconciliation is a fundamental calling for the Diocese of Maryland. Reconciliation builds on our understanding of history, provides energy for the present, and forms the foundation to our future as faithful members of the body of Christ. The Truth and Reconciliation Commission is an ongoing commission focused on enhancing existing efforts to eradicate racism, researching the history of slavery in our diocese and its residual impact, as well as reparations.
Trail of Souls
The Episcopal Churches of Maryland commemorated the 150th anniversary of the official abolishment of chattel slavery in Maryland on All Saints’ Day, Nov. 1, 2014, with the Trail of Souls: Truth and Reconciliation Pilgrimage. This day-long journey visited five Maryland sites with strong ties the both slavery and the Episcopal Church. But this was just the beginning.
An online pilgrimage of 23 churches and diocesan sites found at http://trailofsouls.org is a virtual tour and living legacy that is destined to grow in scope and participation. The Trail of Souls offers a chance to visit the Episcopal Churches of Maryland and witness them in a new light – looking at the legacy of slavery and the impact it still bears witness to today. As more churches discover and write their history they will be added to the web portal.
- Selected Character Traits Embodied in Biblical Heroes and in African-Americans in History [PDF]. This curriculum prepared by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission is meant to show students the relevance of the Bible in today’s society. It suggests today’s heroes/heroines are comparable in many ways to those they meet in the Scriptures.
- Resources for Truth and Reconciliation [PDF]
- Racism in the Anglican and Episcopal Church of Maryland [PDF]
- Maryland Chapter, Union of Black Episcopalians
The Rev. Dr. Angela F. Shepherd
Canon for Mission