Union of Black Episcopalians

The Union of Black Episcopalians (UBE) stands in the continuing tradition of more than 200 years of Black leadership in the Episcopal Church.

Beginning with the establishment of St. Thomas Episcopal Church by Absalom Jones in 1794 in the city of Philadelphia through the election of Barbara Harris as Suffragan bishop of Massachusetts there has always been a strong corps of Black Christians in the Episcopal Church. People like James Holly, Henry Delaney, John Walker, Tollie Caution, Charles Lawrence, Deborah HarmonHines, and countless other.

Organized in 1968 as the Union of Black Clergy and Laity, the Union is the proud inheritor of the work of these people and earlier organization, the Convocation of Colored Clergy, the Conference of Church Workers Among Colored People, all dedicated to the ministry of Blacks in the Episcopal Church. The name was changed to the Union of Black Episcopalians in 1971.

The Union of Black Episcopalians is a confederation of more than 55 chapters and interest groups throughout the continental United States and the Caribbean. The Union also has members in Canada, Africa and Latin America.

The mission of the UBE: To unify the diverse cultures, concerns and gifts of Black Episcopalians by providing preparation and encouragement for living the Baptismal Covenant and fully participating in the mission and governance of The Episcopal Church.

Mission for the 21st Century:

To unite the diverse cultures, concerns and gifts of Black Episcopalians by providing preparation and encouragement for living the Baptismal Covenant and fully participating in the mission and governance of The Episcopal Church.

Vision for the 21st Century:

· To create awareness within young men and women of African descent about the clergy vocation
· To promote strong Lay Leadership among communities of African Descent within TEC and the Anglican Communion
· To incorporate fiscal responsibility into the life, work and ministry of UBE by becoming financially solvent by 2015
· Create a systematic approach of ensuring that Black congregations are sustainable and viable within their vineyards
· To be a community of vigilance and action regarding matters of injustice, especially the effects of racism in the Church and society.”

 

More information about the UBE can be found on the UBE National website.

Download the UBE National Handbook

 

The Curtis W. Sisco, Jr. Memorial Chapter

The Curtis W. Sisco, Jr. Memorial Chapter was formed in 2014 in memory of the Rev’d Curtis Sisco, former rector of St. Luke’s and liturgical editor of the Lift Every Voice and Sing II hymnal.

The Union of Black Episcopalians, Fr. Curtis W. Sisco, Jr. Memorial Chapter is an organization that reflects the new culture and demographics of our church and communities in New Orleans. Our mission is to promote solidarity among all colors of people in order to fully participate in the Diocese of Louisiana and the Episcopal Church.

We are dedicated to uniting our diverse cultures and concerns and to providing preparations and encouragement for living out our Baptismal Covenant and fully participating in the mission and governance of the Episcopal Church.

We are further dedicated to being a community of vigilance and action regarding matters of injustice, especially, the effects or racism in the Episcopal Church, the Diocese of Louisiana, and the City of New Orleans.

 

Membership

All members of the Episcopal Church who share the missions and values of UBE are welcomed and encouraged to join the UBE. For more information email-  ube.edola@gmail.com.

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