racial equity audit

Racial Equity Audit Process & Updates

The Metro D.C. Synod Council issued a letter on October 7, 2020, that called on the synod and its congregations to dismantle white supremacy within the church and society-at-large.

In May of 2021, the synod council unanimously affirmed a Racial Justice Plan, proposed by the racial equity planning team, and the synod is moving forward with implementation by partnering with a consultant to complete a Synod-wide racial equity audit.

Goals of Racial Equity Audit

  • 1 Review internal systems for bias and inequitable outcomes;
  • 2 Propose changes that are more likely to yield equitable results; and
  • 3 Identify barriers to achieving equity, including instances in which our polity makes change more difficult.

The Phases of Racial Equity Audit

As we spend the next year or so with Gold Enterprises, we will be working through the following project phases:

  • Phase 1: A deep dive into our governing documents and day-to-day operations.

  • Phase 2: An invitation to rostered ministers and lay leaders to share their perspective and experiences by participating in a survey.

  • Phase 3: Facilitated dialogues and interviews with individuals and groups within the synod.

  • Phase 4 (currenly underway): Creation of a strategic planning team of rostered and lay leaders to implement change that is sustainable and will ensure continuous growth and development. A strategic action plan will be the main work of this team which will be presented at the 2023 Synod Assembly

  • When the audit is complete, the strategic plan report assembled by the strategic planning team will leave us in a place where we have a better understanding of who we are – and not just who we say we are. We will also have an action plan for how to ensure continuous growth and development.


Latest Updates

Click the images below to view the two-page handouts with the latest updates. 

Released June 2023
Released January 2023

Receive Updates About Audit

As we spend the next year or so with Gold Enterprises, we will keep this page updated as the project progresses. You can also receive updates through the synod email newsletter, which you can subscribe to below.