In early 2017, the Diocesan Racial Reconciliation Team (RRT) began development on a customized methodology to meet our anti-racism training commitments as part of the wider Episcopal Church while responding to the unique needs of the Vermont Diocese. The result of this ongoing work is today known as the Four-phase Racial Healing Process.
The Process Explained
The sections of the Four-phase Racial Healing Process, illustrated above, include Acknowledgment, Engagement, Reconciliation and Restoration.
The Four-phase Racial Healing Process is “iterative,” as opposed to “linear.” Put another way, it’s an infinite cycle, not a checklist. Individuals and congregations are asked to deepen their understanding of racism and become more intentional in their racial healing practice with each iteration.
The RRT continues to develop the Four-phase Process and follows a coordinated strategy of “testing” curricula and training materials with clergy before rolling out to congregations. This ensures that our recommended resources—curated from numerous anti-racism books, videos and activities—are most responsive to the unique needs of our congregations.
How It Works
The RRT has suggested that the diocese dedicate at least one year to each phase of the Process. We are currently in Year 2, Engagement.
Clergy and lay leaders are encouraged to host at least a day with their respective congregations using the Training Resources to Accompany the Four-Phase Racial Healing Process. Members of the RRT are available for consultation on the planning of congregation activities. Please contact the RRT for support.
Curricula to support Years 3 and 4 (Reconciliation and Restoration), are in development and will be tested with selected groups prior to rollout.