The Union of Black Episcopalians (UBE), formed at the apex of the Civil Rights era in 1968, was built on a rich history of People of Color in the Episcopal Church seeking a more just and peaceful world, through racial justice and full inclusion of all people within the Episcopal faith. With 40 chapters nationwide, UBE is active in social justice, education, earth care and other pressing matters of our time.
With the ordination of the Episcopal Church’s first Black female diocesan bishop in Indianapolis—also the first woman to succeed another woman in that role—there has been a revitalization of the UBE in Indianapolis and across the diocese. UBE is re-emerging in strength to provide a voice for Black and Brown clergy and parishioners for our equally historic times. Too often we find ourselves standing on one side of a divide or the other. UBE is about the practice of building bridges from tradition to new ways to live the Episcopal faith; from one community to another, sharing the diversity within and beyond communities of color; from elders to young person, honoring the gifts and service of both; to all people who want to see the church become as fully inclusive as the vision of the Beloved Community.
Bishop Jennifer celebrates at the Absalom Jones service relaunching the UBE chapter in Indianapolis in 2018.
UBE in the Diocese of Indianapolis is currently offering a range of activities and opportunities including:
- A support system for clergy, encouraging clergy in their mission of leadership
Plans are underway for a Diocese-wide Bible study, quarterly scheduled outings to exhibits and landmarks across the region, and new gatherings for getting reacquainted. For information or to share ideas or join our Facebook Group contact Indira Samuels.
Visit the national UBE website for more about regional conferences, events, communication and information across the United States.