A Statement from the Deans of the Episcopal Seminaries on Recent Events at Sewanee

As Deans of the Episcopal Seminaries responsible for the formation of the leadership of The Episcopal Church, we stand with those persons who have been harmed by the recent events perpetrated by some of the undergraduate students at the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee.

We support all those at the University of South, including the School of Theology, who are committed to doing the hard work of racial justice and creating a safe and just place for all. We commit ourselves to do the work in our institutions so that truly The Episcopal Church might be a welcoming place for all persons, committed to racial justice and thus pointing the way toward a world where the sacred humanity of all persons is respected.

Racial justice is a fundamental Christian obligation. Vandalism and racial slurs are indicative of the continuing crisis of racism at Episcopal institutions. Such behaviors illustrate the depth of racism and a culture that fosters it. Our institutions are responsible for preparing students who will lead the way toward a more just future for all. Therefore, as faith leaders and educators, we are obligated to challenge white supremacy, name the racism, and commit afresh to change.

The Very Rev. Kelly Brown Douglas, Ph.D.
Dean
Episcopal Divinity School at Union

The Very Rev. Kurt H. Dunkle
Dean and President 
General Theological Seminary

The Rev. Micah T.J. Jackson, Ph.D.
President
Bexley Seabury Seminary

The Very Rev. Cynthia Briggs Kittredge, Th.D.
Dean and President
Seminary of the Southwest

The Very Rev. Ian S. Markham, Ph.D.
Dean and President
Virginia Theological Seminary

The Very Rev. Andrew B. McGowan, Ph.D.
Dean and President
Berkeley Divinity School at Yale University

The Very Rev. W. Mark Richardson, Ph.D.
President and Dean
Church Divinity School of the Pacific

The Very Rev. James F. Turrell, Ph.D.
Dean
The School of Theology, The University of the South

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