Union of Black Episcopalians

The Indianapolis chapter of the UBE was revitalized after Bishop Jennifer’s election in 2016 as the first Black female diocesan bishop in the history of the Episcopal Church. In 2020, Diocesan Convention passed a chapter-sponsored resolution, charging Indianapolis UBE with leading a diocese wide effort to:

  • study the “historic complicity” of the diocese, its congregations, members and partners “in acts of prejudice, discrimination, racism, and systemic oppression”
  • present to all succeeding conventions a compilation of its work “in a video documentary presentation, an audio collection, and a digital collection,”
  • make “recommendations for next steps in reconciliation, healing, and equity…”

Read the enabling resolution, and contact us to learn more.

The chapter’s other activities include organizing the diocese’s 2022 celebration of Absalom Jones, the first African American ordained to the Episcopal priesthood; offering racial justice training for clergy and lay leaders and co-sponsoring diocesan screenings of Sacred Ground, the dialogue series about race developed by the Episcopal Church.

Bishop Jennifer celebrates at the Absalom Jones service relaunching the UBE chapter in Indianapolis in 2018.


President:   Mariann Scott
Vice-President:  RoseAnne Grasty
Secretary:  Michael McGraw
Treasurer:  Claudia Maddox
Chaplain: Valeria Phillips

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