Episcopalians United Against Racism (EUAR) is an independent alliance of anti-racist Episcopalians from parishes primarily based in the Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina. We are part of a growing movement of community members and people of faith who have devoted ourselves to the long-term, transformative work of creating racially equitable systems and organizations.
EUAR began when several Episcopalians from multiple parishes connected at a two-racial equity workshop in Durham, North Carolina. After realizing the natural connection between our faith and our interest in anti-racism work, we began to meet regularly over lunch to unpack this new awareness and to create a forum where Episcopalians could engage deeply in an analysis of equity in a faith-based setting. What began as a small discussion group has evolved into a network of racial equity training alumni who are committed to the elimination of racial inequities and to the spiritual practice of radical welcome.
What We Do
As members of EUAR, we are committed to the ongoing, long-term practice of anti-racism. With God’s help . . .
- We learn a new analysis of historical, institutional, and cultural racism at an in-depth racial equity training (see Workshops for more information).
- We commit to internalizing the new analysis through active study and repeated training attendance.
- We seek to see and understand the commonality of structural racism across all systems such as religion, education, health, finance, housing, and criminal justice.
- We prayerfully reflect on, discuss and deepen our awareness of how the new way of understanding racism is grounded in our Christian faith.
- We build connections with anti-racist organizers, caucuses and discussion groups in The Episcopal Church, from other faith traditions, and in our larger communities.
- We foster authentic relationships based on mutual respect and accountability.
- We speak truthfully about the historical construction of race as a means of institutionalizing advantage for white people.
- We expose the invisible power of implicit biases that perpetuate internalized superiority for white people and internalized oppression for people of color.
- We highlight the consistently disparate outcomes benefitting white people compared with people of color in all systems.
- We respond effectively to racially biased language, actions, and events.
- We engage actively with anti-poverty ministries grounded in a racial equity framework and analyze all ministries using a racial equity lens.
- We support anti-racist initiatives and events in our parishes, in our diocese, and in the larger community; both personally and financially.
EUAR Founding Members
- The Rev. Monnie Riggin, St. Andrew’s Haw River
- DeDreana Freeman, St. Philip’s Durham
- The Rev. Jeanine Driscoll, St. Mark's Roxboro
- The Rev. Javier Almendárez Bautista, St. Paul’s Cary
- Cathy Rimer-Surles, St. Luke’s Durham
For more information contact us at EUARofNC@gmail.com.