In 2006, the Episcopal Church passed a resolution apologizing for its complicity in slavery. In its announcement it urged dioceses and congregations to examine their historic ties to slavery and to recognize the economic benefits the Church derived from this de facto industry. In 2015 the 78thGeneral Convention of The Episcopal Church voiced frustration at the relative failure of its “repeated efforts at anti-racism training as well as racial justice and racial reconciliation initiatives” and voiced concern that the “sin of racism continue(s) to plague our society and our Church at great cost to human life and human dignity”. The members called on The Episcopal Church to “the challenging and difficult work of racial reconciliation through prayer, teaching, engagement, and action.”
In that light, the Race Relations committee of St. Anne’s requests your presence at the showing of Traces of the Trade, an 86-minute documentary that retraces the DeWolf family’s involvement in the Triangle Trade Network. As wealthy Episcopalians, the DeWolf’s were instrumental not only in developing Bristol, Rhode Island, but in providing economic resources to the Episcopal church. James DeWolf became the second richest man in America and owned the largest slave-trading company in U.S. history. Katrina Browne, the producer, is a decedent of this DeWolf family and was instrumental in calling on the Episcopal Church to discuss the original resolution.
We will offer viewings on:
Sunday, June 2 @ 12-2 p.m.
Tuesday, June 4@7:30 – 9:30 p.m.
Sunday, June 23 @12-2 p.m.
Monday, June 24 @ 1-3 p.m.
Citation: General Convention, Journal of the General Convention of...The Episcopal Church, Salt Lake City, 2015(New York: General Convention, 2015), pp. 310-311.
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