Dismantling Racism

Our Commitment

Letter from the Vestry

On June 17, 2020, the Christ Church Vestry shared a letter with the parish. This is an excerpt:

" ... Black Americans have no choice but to order their lives in different ways than white Americans do. They live with the ongoing trauma imposed on them by over 400 years of slavery, prejudice, discrimination, and systemic racism.

We don’t profess to have ready answers to the hard questions that confront us today. And it is an important fact that the questions are not new -- they are just asked today more urgently and with greater clarity. But it is the heart of Christ Church to be a safe place to face hard questions and to always ask where God is alive in those questions, and where God’s heart breaks, and where we can be God's hands to effect change. ..."

Read the entire letter here »


Words from The Most Reverend Michael Curry, Presiding Bishop

Presiding Bishop Curry’s Word to the Church: When the Cameras are Gone, We Will Still Be Here  (May 30, 2020)

Pentecost Sermon, Washington National Cathedral  (May 31, 2020)


Learn and Participate


ALL-CHURCH READ: WAKING UP WHITE

During the month of July, we invite the entire parish to read Waking Up White, and Finding Myself in the Story of Race, by Debbie Irving. Small discussion groups will be available via Zoom for those who want to dig into this important conversation with others. Find out more and register to participate here » 


Sacred Ground: A Dialogue on Race and Faith

Wednesdays, July 15 - November 18, 2020 (10 Sessions)
Sacred Ground is a film- and readings-based dialogue series on race, grounded in faith. Small groups are invited to walk through chapters of America’s history of race and racism, while weaving in threads of family story, economic class, and political and regional identity. Please join us for this important series. Registration is limited. Learn more and register here »


From our Media Library

Pentecost Sermon by The Reverend Chip Edens

May 31, 2020 
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Bryan Stevenson

February 21, 2016
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Bryan Stevenson is the founder and Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery, Alabama, and a professor of law at New York University School of Law. He has won relief for dozens of condemned prisoners, argued five times before the Supreme Court, and won national acclaim for his work challenging bias against the poor and people of color. His book, Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption, chronicles his experiences defending those most desperate and in need.   


Sacred Conversations on Race, Racism, and Privilege

June 7, 2020
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The Reverend Joan Kilian, Makeda Pennycooke and Jenny Beaumont led this honest dialogue with Christ Church members.


Economic Opportunity Task Force

March 6, 2016
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For those without an economic head start, Charlotte is a tough place to succeed. Factors such as race, zip code, and family situation all play a part. Charlotte's Economic Opportunity Task Force seeks ways to broaden access to economic opportunity for all in our community. Task Force Co-Chairs, Dr. Ophelia Garmon-Brown and Mr. Dee O'Dell, spoke with The Reverend Chip Edens about their work.


The Reverend Rodney Sadler

April 29, 2018
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The Reverend Dr. Rodney Sadler is Associate Professor of Bible and Director of the Center for Social Justice and Reconciliation at Union Presbyterian Seminary in Charlotte, NC. He is an ordained Baptist minister and author of Can A Cushite Change His Skin: An Examination of Race, Ethnicity, and Othering in the Hebrew Bible. Rodney serves as Board President of Meck Min; on the boards of the Hispanic Summer Program, the Transformative Justice Coalition, the National Election Defense Coalition, the Voting Rights Alliance, and Progress NC; and on the Executive Committee of the North Carolina NAACP.   


Faith Forum Series: The Beloved Community (April 2018)

Faith Forum Series: Reconciliation - Healing the Hurt (March/April 2019)