The Road to Reconciliation: The Role of the Church in Fostering Unity and Combating Hate

The 2016 presidential election in the United States has spurred a new commitment for many people of faith to become advocates for justice, equity, and unity. The Book of Common Prayer calls us into reconciliation with God and one another, but what does that look like in the contemporary church? Heidi J. Kim, the staff officer for racial reconciliation for The Episcopal Church, invites you to join the conversation about reconciliation and discipleship, and renewing our commitment to building the Kingdom of God.

Kim is responsible for facilitating the establishment and growth of networks in the Church that confront structural issues of racism in society and the church. Her approach begins with accountability to our Baptismal Covenant’s call to “seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving your neighbor as yourself;" and to “strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being.” She believes that true reconciliation involves lovingly embracing the vast diversity of background, belief, and experience found in the Body of Christ, and focusing on our common ministry therein.

Kim has an extensive background in both secondary and higher education. She served as a diversity director for a Jesuit high school for six years, and taught courses at the college level in sociology, anthropology, women’s/gender studies, American studies, and ethnic studies. She also has extensive experience as a professional classical soprano, having sung with several of the nation’s top professional chamber choirs. She currently serves as the soprano section leader for the critically acclaimed ensemble, Seattle Pro Musica, and is in demand as a soloist with other choirs and festivals.

Kim is a graduate of Brown University, holds an M.A .in sociology from UCLA, and is currently completing an Ed.D. in educational leadership at Seattle University. She is married to Dr. Alec Campbell, and has two teenage daughters, Fiona and Kiera. She attends St. Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral in Seattle, where she is a member of the Cathedral Choir.

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