The Diocesan Racial Reconciliation Team (RRT) is responsible for developing the Four-phase Racial Healing Process, recommending anti-racism training resources, and consulting with local congregations on training events.
The RRT functions more like a network than a committee, so there are no explicit membership requirements. We only ask that members make an effort to attend RRT meetings regularly and commit to bringing to fruition any team projects they help to launch. The meetings are typically held one a month via web conference.
The RRT reports directly to Diocesan Council and is led by one (or more) facilitators approved by the Bishop for this purpose. The current co-facilitators of the RRT are:
The Rev. Rob Spainhour
Rector, Holy Trinity Episcopal Church – Swanton, VT
Phone: (802) 868-7185
Maurice L. Harris, PhD
Diocesan Communications Minister
Phone: (802) 451-0249
Team members also include (alphabetically by last name):
The Rt. Rev. Thomas C. Ely
Tenth Bishop of the Episcopal Church in Vermont
Member, Social Justice Committee, St. Michael’s Episcopal Church – Bratleboro, VT
The Rev. Jean Jersey
Social Justice & Peace Group, Christ Church – Montpelier, VT
The Rev. Beth Ann Maier, MD
Regional Deacon, Church of the Good Shepherd – Barre, VT & Christ Church – Montpelier, VT
The Rev. Peggy Mathauer
Deacon, All Saints Episcopal Church – South Burlington, VT
The Rev. Karen Montagno
Director of Congregational Resources and Training (CRT) for the Diocese of Massachusetts – consultant to the Vermont RRT
The Rev. Canon Nicholas Porter
Founder and Executive Director, Jerusalem Peacebuilders
Interim Priest, St. Mary’s in the Mountains Episcopal Church – Wilmington, VT
Join the RRT
We are constantly on the lookout for individuals around the Diocese who feel called to help lead racial reconciliation and racial healing efforts. Please contact our co-facilitators if you are interested.
Clergy and lay leaders are encouraged to contact our co-facilitators for assistance with the planning of racial healing events in your local congregation.
Keep Us Informed
If you are engaged in anti-racism or racial healing work in your church or community, we’d value your insights and would welcome you to share your story at an upcoming RRT meeting. Please contact our co-facilitators.