Commission on Truth and Reconciliation

Join us for a screening of Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North

Contact Canon Angela Shepherd,

About Traces of the Trade…

In Traces of the Trade, Producer/Director Katrina Browne tells the story of her forefathers, the largest slave-trading family in U.S. history. Given the myth that the South is solely responsible for slavery, viewers will be surprised to learn that Browne’s ancestors were Northerners. The film follows Browne and nine fellow family members on a remarkable journey which brings them face-to-face with the history and legacy of New England’s hidden enterprise. Read more about the film.

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About the Truth and Reconciliation Commission

The work of reconciliation is a fundamental calling for the Diocese of Maryland. Reconciliation builds on our profound understanding of our history, gives us energy in the present, and forms the foundation to our future as faithful members of the body of Christ. As discussed at Diocesan Convention last spring, and building on the good work of the past, the diocese is establishing a Commission on Truth and Reconciliation. This commission, an ongoing entity within the diocese, will expand our capacity as a diocese to be truthful with each other and to reconcile deeply across rifts that have separated us.

In the next two years, this new commission will focus on racial reconciliation, broadening the dedicated work previously accomplished in the areas of educational training to help eradicate racism, researching the history of slavery in the diocese and its residual impact on our lives, and reparations. The commission will establish a foundation that will be used to address other areas in need of reconciliation in the future. Our desire is to have conversations about truth and reconciliation. From these talks we will gather names of persons interested in joining this initiative.

Chair, the Rev. Canon Angela F. Shepherd.


Basic Reading in the Search for Racial Truth and Reconciliation in the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland (Adobe PDF)