Diversity Task Force
The St. Peter's Diversity Task Force was formed in 2000 by the Community Commission to identify additional ways through which St. Peter’s Episcopal Church can address the issues of racism and white privilege. This decision was based on the teachings of the Baptismal Covenant in The Book of Common Prayer; on St. Peter’s historic involvement in, and leadership of, the community; and on the commitment of The Episcopal Church to build a more inclusive society.
The Task Force has focused on educating ourselves and then putting our faith into specific action.
Members have attended workshops and seminars sponsored by the Diocesan commission on Dismantling Racism, the City of St. Louis, the National Conference for Community and Justice, and various other organizations.
We have worked with Greenwood Cemetery in helping to restore this historic African American cemetery.
We support the Habitat for Humanity – St. Louis and Block-Aid housing initiatives.
We began conversation with the Williams Temple Church of God in Christ about establishing "a partnership of equals." Initially, we have pledged to actively support the Temple’s Neighborhood Outreach Center. Together, we have sponsored and participated in a series of shared Sunday morning worship services, luncheons and dinners, and discussions.
We distribute the Birmingham Pledge, endorsed by the 73rd General Convention of The Episcopal Church, as a witness to our individual and collective commitment to dismantle racism.
We invite you to join in fighting racism in small and significant ways every day.