The West Mission Area of the Diocese of Ohio has a Commission for Racial Understanding (CRU) whose mission is to live out the “Becoming Beloved Community” initiative of the national church.

Fall Events are all free and open to the community.

September 16, 4-6 PM, St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church – “Truth and Reconciliation: A Pilgrimage to Ghana”

  • This event features short videos from Bishop Curry and friends as they went on pilgrimage to sites in West Africa important to the mid-Atlantic slave trade.  Small groups will engage in discussion and reflection on these provocative videos.
  • Visit the Facebook event here (or share it with friends).

October 21, 4-6 PM, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church – “Children’s Storytelling Day: Peace-Making Across Cultures”

  • This is the second annual children’s event after a wonderful community response last year.  Children (and adults) can visit stations around the campus of the church.  Each station will feature an individual from a particular country or cultural background, who will tell stories about peace-making, display items from his or her culture, and provide activities or food to explore.  Children can stamp their “passports” as they travel around the world to learn more about our neighbors and learn to celebrate diversity.  All children will go home with a multicultural book!
  • Visit the Facebook event here (and please share with friends!).

November 18, 4-6 PM, St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church – “Racial Bias and the Danger of a Single Story”

  • Based on the TED talk of the same name by novelist Chimamanda Adichie.  Explore the importance of exposure to multicultural literature and the importance of honoring each person’s story.
  • Visit the Facebook event here.

All parishioners and friends are also invited to join the CRU steering committee!  We meet quarterly to plan these events.  Please contact Jennifer at jen at if you’d like to join the committee.