Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Date: September 16, 2020

Please join us in welcoming the Union of Black Episcopalians (UBE) to campus. The Very Rev. Kim L. Coleman ’01, President of UBE, now has an office in Sparrow. The Union of Black Episcopalians stands in the continuing tradition of more than 200 years of Black leadership in The Episcopal Church. The mission of UBE is to unite the diverse cultures, concerns and gifts of Black Episcopalians by providing preparation and encouragement for living the Baptismal Covenant and fully participating in the mission and governance of The Episcopal Church. Beginning with the establishment of the African Episcopal Church of St. Thomas by Absalom Jones in 1792, through the appointment and election of 49 Black Bishops, there has always been a strong corps of Black leaders in The Episcopal Church. People like James Holly, Henry Delaney, Alexander Crummell, Mattie Hopkins, John Walker, Tollie Caution, Charles Lawrence, Deborah Harmon Hines, Barbara C. Harris and notably the Most Rev. Michael B. Curry, have paved the way for the full inclusion of black people in the life of The Episcopal Church at every level. Organized in 1968 as the Union of Black Clergy and Laity, the Union is the proud inheritor of the work of these people and earlier organizations, the Convocation of Colored Clergy and the Conference of Church Workers Among Colored People, all dedicated to the ministry of Blacks in The Episcopal Church. The name was changed to the Union of Black Episcopalians in 1971. As home to the former Bishop Payne Divinity School and Alma Mater of the Rt. Rev. John T Walker, the first African American to be admitted as a student to VTS in 1951, Virginia Theological Seminary and UBE history intersect in significant ways.  From this new relationship, UBE hopes to find opportunity to partner with VTS in modeling for the larger church how to work together in dismantling racist systems and in building God’s beloved community.   The Union of Black Episcopalians is a confederation of more than 42 chapters and interest groups throughout the continental United States and the Caribbean. The Union also has members in Canada, Africa and Latin America.   The Very Rev. Ian S. Markham, Ph.D. Dean and President

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