The Episcopal Urban Caucus had its beginnings over 40 years ago when a group of urban bishops became concerned over the growing issues – social and economic - of urban parishes. They concluded that this was not something that could be “fixed” in the short term and so committed themselves to the issues of the urban church. Out of this grew the Episcopal Urban Caucus which had its first Assembly in Indianapolis in 1980. It was then, and still is, committed to the “vitalization of Episcopal Churches in the city through involvement, reflection, advocacy and action on issues of justice, equality and peace in our cities, nation and the world”. The EUC stands in solidarity with the poor.
My journey with the EUC began in the mid-nineties, when, as a member of the Diocese of Chicago’s Commission on Racism, I was urged to attend the assembly, which was in New Orleans that year. Because I love NOLA, it didn’t take much persuading. However, once there, and fully imbued in the events, the speakers and the new friendships I was making, I realized that I had found my place in the church, and I was in for life! It is my sincerest hope that you who may be attending for the first time will come away with that same feeling and commitment to the never-ending struggle for equality and social justice.
We are especially pleased to be back in the diocese of Indianapolis for the first time since that propitious first Assembly. Those remarkable goals laid out by our founders then, have not been fully achieved - inequality dies hard, and there is much to be done. We need the energy and commitment of every one of you. It is the hope of our Board that we have put together a compelling program for your time here with us and that you will return to your homes and altars with the fire of social justice burning bright within you.
EUC Board president