The Mosaic Task Force is charged with helping the diocese become more hospitable in an increasingly diverse world and to become more aware of the presence of structural and institutional racism within the Church. This is done be bringing together members of different congregations for the common growth of the diocese as it lives out its mission and ministry.
The Task Force has been enabling groups to participate in Sacred Ground, a film and readings based dialogue series on race, grounded in faith.
If you have interest in the Task Force, or desire more information, contact one of the Co-Chairs: Fr. Christopher Wilkerson or Martina Mims.
Traces of the Trade is available for congregations to check out at no cost and view. Materials include program guide for discussion.
- In 2019, hosted an ecumenical viewing of Traces of the Trade led by filmmaker Katrina Browne . Katrina also serves on the Episcopal Church's Beloved Community developers and engaged in small group work using their resources.
- In 2018, facilitated a number of local congregations and regional groups in viewing and discussing Traces of the Trade.
- In 2017, developed a training program on “the Church’s teaching on racism” per Episcopal Church Canons and presented at the 2017 Clergy Continuing Education Conference. It includes an awareness building workshop based in the Roots of Justice (formerly Damascus Road) dismantling racism training as well as a viewing of The Traces of the Trade.
- In 2016, held “Engaging One Another Across Our Differences” for laity and clergy in each deanery of the diocese in 2016. Facilitated by Laura Smythe, an attorney, mediator and professor who addresses topics of cultures and change, critical thinking, creative problem solving and social diversity. She addressed how our upbringing, our cultural background and societal trends have formed values around race which affect our relationships more than we assume.