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Beloved Community: Commission for Dismantling Racism is the name for what was called for two decades the Diocesan Anti-Racism Commission, reports Dr. Catherine Meeks of Riverdale, the commission's chair.

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"The name change is the result of many conversations with clergy and laypersons about the name and the ways in which the challenge presented by the name was not productive in helping to move forward the important work of building a beloved community in our diocese," said Meeks.

"The commission is clearly focused upon the task of dismantling racism because it is a force that stands in the path of building God's intended beloved community," she added. "The commission intends for the name change and the efforts to engage all of the parishes of the diocese in the work of being able to see God's face in everyone, to create new paths upon which God's light and love can shine in ways that make us a beloved community."

Training, required of all clergy and lay leaders, runs for a single day from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Although there is no charge to take the training, pre-registration is requested no later than one week in advance.  For information on the trainings and how to register, write to Mary Job,

Anyone with thoughts or ideas about the work of the Beloved Community: Commission for Dismantling Racism and who would like to share them is invited to send them to the chairperson, Dr. Catherine Meeks, at

Pictured above at a commission retreat near Macon are (front) the Rev. Robyn-Michelle Neville, Catherine Meeks, Deacon Janet Tidwell, Andrew Grimke, Deacon Arthur Villareal, and Ursula Simmons; and (back) Tamara Carrera, the Rev. Jenna Strizak and John Ford.