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The Dismantling Racism Commission of the Diocese of Central Pennsylvania is charged with creating a clear, compassionate, operational and effective strategy for dismantling systemic and institutional racism in our diocese and overseeing its implementation.

The Journey

For helpful resources on every stage of the journey to understanding and dismantling racism, click one of the links found here:

Faith Seeking Understanding: Honest Conversations About Race

Learn about racism within the Episcopal Church and our Diocese.

Anthony Alexander and Nathan Baxter (July 2, 2020)

Canon Stephanie Spellers (July 9, 2020)

Rev. D. Marie Tribble (July 16, 2020)

Dr. Drew G. I. Hart (July 23, 2020)

Praying About Struggle, Rest, and Reconciliation (Feb. 16, 2021) - Kevin Baron

Celebrating Our Story: Webinar 1
(April 29, 2021)

Celebrating Our Stories: Webinar 2: Gathering Your Oral History (May 7, 2021)

The Legacy of Absalom Jones that Leads Us to Now
(Feb 28, 2022)

Racial Reconciliation Conversation
(April 6, 2022)


Various discussions about race and equity via TED.

Ruby Sales: How Do We Maintain Our Courage To Fight For Change? (April 12, 2019)

At 17, Ruby Sales witnessed the shooting of one of her fellow civil rights activists. She explains how despite the trauma, she went on to devote her life to fighting for social and racial justice.

Peggy McIntosh: "How Studying Privilege Systems can Strengthen Compassion" (Nov 12, 2012)

Alice Goffman: "How we're priming some kids for college — and others for prison" (2015)

n the United States, two institutions guide teenagers on the journey to adulthood: college and prison. Sociologist Alice Goffman spent six years in a troubled Philadelphia neighborhood and saw first-hand how teenagers of African-American and Latino backgrounds are funneled down the path to prison — sometimes starting with relatively minor infractions. In an impassioned talk she asks, “Why are we offering only handcuffs and jail time?”

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  • 1619 – A NYT Podcast
    “An audio series on how slavery has transformed America, connecting past and present through the oldest form of storytelling.”
  • Code Switch – An NPR Podcast
    “What’s CODE SWITCH? It’s the fearless conversations about race that you’ve been waiting for. Hosted by journalists of color, our podcast tackles the subject of race with empathy and humor. We explore how race affects every part of society — from politics and pop culture to history, food and everything in between. This podcast makes all of us part of the conversation — because we’re all part of the story. Code Switch was named Apple Podcasts’ first-ever Show of the Year in 2020.”
  • Pod Save the People
    “On Pod Save the People, DeRay Mckesson explores news, culture, social justice, and politics with Kaya Henderson and De’Ara Balenger. They offer a unique take on the news, with a special focus on overlooked stories and topics that often impact people of color. There’s also a weekly one-on-one interview with DeRay and special guests, from singer/songwriter John Legend to Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi. The experts, influencers, and diverse local and national leaders who come on the show go deep on social, political, and cultural issues. New episodes every Tuesday.”

The Journey

For helpful resources on every stage of the journey to understanding and dismantling racism, click one of the links found here: