The Union of Black Episcopalians Theodore Gibson Chapter
The Union of Black Episcopalians (UBE), exists to serve as an instrument to eradicate, eliminate and neutralize racism as a causative agent of "dividedness" within the Episcopal Church. The UBE exists to reform the practices, policies, procedures and systems that impede effective participation of Black Episcopalians in the total church processes.
The diocesan chapter of UBE held its first organizational meeting in January of 1979 at the Church of the Transfiguration, Miami Gardens. The chapter took the name of the late Canon Theodore R. Gibson, then rector of Christ Church, Coconut Grove (Miami), who had encouraged members of black Episcopal congregations to meet and organize a local UBE chapter.
The mission of the Theodore R. Gibson Chapter of the Union of Black Episcopalians is to promote solidarity among all people of color in the Diocese of Southeast Florida, to participate fully in the life of the diocese, to work to eradicate racism at all levels in the Episcopal Church and to affirm our culture in every aspect of the diocese.
Most of the predominantly black congregations in our diocese are currently represented in the chapter's membership. The chapter was instrumental in initiating the annual diocesan Absalom Jones observance and sponsors the luncheon that is part of the event. It provided support for anti-racism work in the diocese, conducts community forums on issues affecting black Episcopalians, encourages the recruitment of persons of color for the ordained ministry and provides scholarship assistance for these seminarians.
For information on the chapter's current program of events, contact the chapter's President, Kathleen Walker.