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The Church Awakens:
African Americans and the Struggle for Justice

The Church Awakens is an electronic publication and online exhibit of The Archives of the Episcopal Church. The exhibit arose from the combination of an institutional reevaluation of the impact of racism, the motivation of a generous donor, the Rev. John Morris, and the Archives commitment to uncovering the archival legacy of the Church’s African American faithful.  The exhibit draws on the historical collections of the Afro-Anglican Archives of the General Convention.  The Archives adds new information to this unfolding narrative and challenges the Church to engage its history and reject the root cause of racism in the act of forgetting.

Archives Holdings:
Native American Episcopal Experience

The Archives is the repository for a number of collections relating to the Church's mission and ministry among indigenous people in the western United States. These materials include  evidence of the 19th century evangelism and educational work of the Board of Missions and the National Committee on Indian work, and in more recent times, advocacy for civil rights and cultural restoration through indigenous ministries.  The Archives holds oral histories from the Niobrara Convocation, as well as publications, personal papers and photographs.  Geographically-focused work among the tribes of Alaska and Hawaii are well represented.  Read more in our holdings profile.

John Maury Allin:
Venture in Ministry

John Maury Allin served as the 23rd Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church. His election to that office was the culmination of a vocation in which he served as a parish priest, bishop in Mississippi, and as an educational and spiritual advisor. This exhibit reflects the numerous connections and relationships he developed in the belief that ministerial leadership requires a personal commitment to the lives of those served.


The Archives of the Episcopal Church, in partnership with the General Convention Office, has edited and published the Church’s core governance documents in the 2015 edition of the Constitution, Canons and Rules of Order of The Episcopal Church.