A Plan for Churches

Peter Jarrett-Schell, Foreword by Stephanie Spellers

Feb/2023, 224 Pages, PAPERBACK, 6 x 9

ISBN-13: 9781640656093

A clarion call and evidence-based reparations plan for churches engaged in dismantling racism.

Christian churches, schools, and organizations committed to a reparations plan can learn how to do it--including how to support local, Black-led organizations working on economic empowerment. This is a much needed resource as churches have acknowledged generations of participation in systemic and structural racism and are looking for specific ways to action responsibility. This engaging book show how these plans are being lived out in congregations across the country.

Written by a white priest called to pastor an historically Black congregation in Washington DC, Reparations: A Plan for Churches provides spiritual resources and practical tools for dioceses, and other institutions, who are poised to seize this crucial moment. By drawing from examples of steps being taken by congregations and others, this guide also centers the counsel, voices, and teaching of Black scholars, activists, and many denominations of Christians. From this vantage, the book shows Christians how to make the work of restitution a reality by honest fact-finding and truth-telling, substantive and sustained engagement with those to whom reparations are owed, clear statements about what reparations are, and focused action to begin the work.

PETER JARRETT-SCHELL is Pastor of Calvary Episcopal Church in Washington, D.C. A facilitator at the Kaleidoscope Institute, training competent leaders for culturally diverse communities. As the white pastor of a historically Black congregation, the husband of a Black woman, and the father of a bi‑racial son, he has wrestled with the question of Whiteness for many years. His first-hand account of a racially-motivated traffic stop was shared more than 30,000 times.

STEPHANIE SPELLERS serves as Presiding Bishop Michael Curry’s Canon for Evangelism and Reconciliation. The author of The Church Cracked Open, and The Episcopal Way (with Eric Law), she has directed mission and evangelism work at General Theological Seminary and in the Diocese of Long Island. A native of Kentucky and a graduate of both Episcopal Divinity School and Harvard Divinity School, she lives in Harlem, New York.


  • Episcopal
  • anti-racism
  • economic justice

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