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One in the Spirit is a diocesan wide initiative focused on increasing our capacity to expand relationships and deepen connections across differences in order to strengthen our shared commitment to follow Jesus.

A response to the increasing polarization and deepening divisions in our church, our nation and our world, it is committed to equipping us to recover our deep connection to each other and to our world so we can participate more fully in the transforming work of love.


  • To live more fully into our baptismal promise to respect the dignity of every human being.
  • To proclaim in Christ’s name that we will not submit to our era’s division and polarization.
  • To feed hearts that are hungry for connection and community in a secularizing, isolating age.”
  • To understand better how barriers of class, race, language, nationality, culture, politics, geography, orientation, and identification blind us to the image of the divine in one another.
  • To choose not to choose between challenging systemic oppression in all its forms and respecting the dignity of every single human being.


  • Expand our capacity as a diocese to expand relationships and deepen connections across differences in order to strengthen our shared commitment to follow Jesus.
  • Compile and develop resources to increase connection to each other and our world, equipping us to more fully embrace the transforming power of God’s inclusive love.
  • Create conversational communities to drive bridge building across the differences that simultaneously enrich and challenge us as a diverse, multi-cultural diocese, utilizing existing diocesan programs and resources as well as creating new ones

Love is the Way: A five-week book study curriculum


This online exploration of Bishop Michael Curry’s “Love is the Way” offers participants the opportunity to engage across geographical and congregational differences that challenge us while encouraging reflection on the love that binds us together; God’s love and the reflection of that love in human lives. Study guides are provided below, along with the video presentations from the Advent 2020 launch of the curriculum. A shareable playlist of all five sessions is available here – or watch the individual sessions below.

Session 1:  Reflection by the Rev. Canon Melissa McCarthy

| Chapters 1-2

Session Two: Reflection by the Rev. Antonio Gallardo

| Chapters 3-4

Session Three: Reflection by the Very Rev. Canon Gary Hall

| Chapters 5, 6 & 7

Session Four: Reflection by Missioner Gabriel Vasquez-Reyes 

| Chapters 8, 9 & 10

Session Five: Reflection by Bishop John H. Taylor

| Chapters 11-12

Racial Justice and Reconciliation

We are committed to the effort to compile and develop resources to increase connection to each other and our world, equipping us to more fully embrace the transforming power of God’s inclusive love” is part of the scope of work of One in the Spirit — our diocesan engagement across difference initiative.

At this moment in our history, there are no resources more crucial to that work than those which challenge, equip and empower us to dismantle the systemic racism that infects our nation, our church, and our world.

The Episcopal Church offers a list of resources for racial justice and reconciliation curated by members of the Presiding Bishop’s staff: www.episcopalchurch.org/racial-reconciliation/resources

The Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles provides links to active programs and resources on its Countering Racism, Building Community webpage: www.diocesela.org/countering-racism-building-community

In addition to these excellent sources for information and inspiration, One in the Spirit highlights and commends the following:

Articles & Essays:


  • How to Be an Antiracist – Ibrahm X. Kendi
    | Kendi takes readers through a widening circle of antiracist ideas—from the most basic
    concepts to visionary possibilities—that will help readers see all forms of racism clearly,
    understand their poisonous consequences, and work to oppose them in our systems
    and in ourselves.
  • The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness – Michelle
    | A stunning account of the rebirth of a caste-like system in the United States, one that
    has denied the very rights supposedly won in the Civil Rights Movement. Since its
    publication in 2010, the book has appeared on the New York Times bestseller list for
    more than a year — telling a truth our nation has been reluctant to face.
  • So You Want To Talk About Race – Ijeoma Oluo
    | Ijeoma Oluo guides readers of all races through subjects ranging from intersectionality
    and affirmative action to "model minorities" in an attempt to make the seemingly impossible possible: honest conversations about race and racism, and how they infect almost every aspect of American life.
  • I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness – Austin Channing Brown
    | From a leading voice on racial justice, an eye-opening account of growing up Black,
    Christian, and female that exposes how white America’s love affair with “diversity” so
    often falls short of its ideals.



  • Sacred Ground

Sacred Ground is a film-and-readings-based dialogue series on race, grounded in faith.
Small groups are invited to walk through chapters of America’s history of race and
racism, while weaving in threads of family story, economic class, and political and
regional identity. It is part of The Episcopal Church’s long-term commitment to racial
healing, reconciliation, and justice in our personal lives, our ministries, and our society.



The Reverend Canon Susan Russell, Canon for Engagement Across Difference
srussell@ladiocese.org | 214.482.2040 ex. 223

Steering Committee:

Ms Rise Worthy-Deamer
Canon Suzanne Edwards-Acton
The Reverend Antonio Gallardo
The Reverend Norma Guerra
The Reverend Canon Dr. Gary Hall
The Reverend Peter Huang
Ms Karen James
Ms Wendy Lords
The Reverend Jennifer Wagner Pavia

The Rev. Canon Susan Russell, Canon for Engagement Across Difference, briefs Diocesan Convention on the new “One in the Spirit” initiative in November 2019 at Diocesan Convention.