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ANNOUNCEMENT - SEPTEMBER 15, 2021
Canon Claire Woodley Announces Two Projects Aimed at
Understanding Systemic Racism in the Diocese of Long Island
The Rev. Canon Claire Woodley, Canon for Congregational Support, launched two videos introducing clergy and lay leaders to two new and different projects aimed at understanding the history of systemic racism in the Diocese of Long Island.
The first is a web project, “Do Justice, Love Kindness, Walk Humbly: Displacing Systemic Racism,” a collaboration with FaithX and Data Story that uses data to understand the history of systemic racism and its impact in the Diocese of Long Island. The website can be found at www.dioceseli.org/systemicracism.
The second project, “Uncovering Parish Histories,” invites parish leadership to explore their parish history as it relates to Black people and other people of color. Those interested can receive assistance from the Rev. Dr. Craig Townsend to go through parish archives and other historical documents.
To learn more, watch Canon Woodley’s video introductions:
[ 2020 video presentation ]
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