Episcopal Diocese of Upper South Carolina

Race Relations

UPDATE 2015 - Anti-racism training was held at Episcopal Church of the Ascension on 2 May 2015. Using the curriculum, Seeing the Face of God in Others, Deacon Dianna Deaderick led the workshop for thirteen participants, including three from local law enforcement.

An Anti-racism dialogue was begun with Openings, a faith-based organization dedicated to creating more inclusivity in the church, at St. Martin's-in-the-Fields, Columbia on 26 May 2015. The Rev'd Deacon Dianna Deaderick facilitated the discussion.

On 19 September 2015 a group from the Diocese visited the International Civil Rights Center and Museum in Greensboro, NC. The group participated in a guided tour of the Center and Museum, which is an archival center, collecting museum and teaching facility devoted to the struggle for civil and human rights. The Museum celebrates the nonviolent protests of the 1960 Greensboro sit-ins that served as a catalyst in the civil rights movement. The trip was jointly sponsored by St. Luke's, Columbia, and the race relations committee of the Diocese.

A workshop entitled, Dismantling Racism, was conducted at St. Martin's-in-the-Fields, Columbia on 3 October 2015. Parishioners from St. Martin's and St. Luke's, Columbia participated in the training lead by The Rev'd Deacon Dianna Deaderick.

Lift Every Voice – Freedom Ride

Three parishioners from EDUSC, Samantha Shuler, a rising junior from St. Martin's-in-the-Fields, Gavin Kenner, a rising senior from All Saints, Cayce, and The Rev'd Deacon Dianna Deaderick, St. Luke's Columbia, attended the six day Lift Every Voice - Freedom Ride sponsored by the Episcopal Dioceses of North Carolina. The week included dioceses from Cape Town, South Africa; Botswana, South Africa; Western Massachusetts; Virginia; Northern California; North Carolina and EDUSC. Also in attendance for the week was Presiding Bishop elect Michael B. Curry. Year two of the Freedom Ride will be in July 2016 in Cape Town, South Africa.

“Talk the Talk Before you Walk the Walk”

The DYLC youth retreat, held January 30-February 1 at Camp Bob in Kanuga, addressed the issues around racial reconciliation. Approximately 80 youth and leaders attended the event, which was led by Dr. Millicent Brown, the original plaintiff of the South Carolina public school desegregation act, Briggs vs Elliot.

Absalom Jones Feast Day

Several parishioners from EDUSC attended the Absalom Jones Feast Day celebration at Voorhees College. Bishop Charles vonRosenberg of the Episcopal Church of South Carolina, Bishop W. Andrew Waldo, and The Rev'd Deacon Dianna Deaderick served at the celebration mass.

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