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MISSION STATEMENT

The St. James the Less Racial Reconciliation and Justice Task Force, motivated by our baptismal vow to “strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being,” and by an awareness of our Episcopal tradition’s historic participation in slavery and our responsibility for its aftermath, is committed to:

  • Educating the wider parish and community on the enduring legacy of slavery through workshops, movies, book groups and community discussions;
  • Telling the history of our parish and the wider Episcopal Church openly and honestly;
  • Creating a more racially inclusive environment through our worship, fellowship, and outreach programs;
  • Engaging more minority staff, vendors and contractors as a parish, particularly those of African American descent.

Since June 2020, over forty members of St. James the Less and additional members of the wider community have been working together for racial justice and equity in our church and the surrounding community. We meet for two hours every other month, and between times are active in projects and with organizations promoting racial justice. We're also exploring our history in an attempt to "set the record straight." Anyone is welcome to join this lively and committed group.