"Set us free, O God, from every bond of prejudice and fear...that we may show forth in our lives the reconciling love and true freedom of God..."
UBE stands in the continuing tradition of more than 200 years of active involvement and leadership of Black Christians in the Episcopal Church, and was organized in 1968, as theUnion of Black Clergy and Laity.
The Union is the proud inheritor of the work of Black Christians, beginning with the Rev. Absalom Jones, and countless others, and earlier organizations, like the Convocation of Colored Clergy, and the Conference of Church Workers Among Colored People -- all dedicated to the ministry of Blacks in the Episcopal Church.
The organization's name was changed to the Union of Black Episcopalians (UBE) in 1971.
UBE is a confederation of more than 55 chapters, including the St. Joseph's UBE Chapter, and interest groups throughout the continental United States, and the Caribbean, and members in Canada, Africa and Latin America. All Black Christians in the Episcopal Church are welcome to attend the annual national and/or regional conferences.
Though currently inactive, notable prior initiatives of the St. Joseph's chapter (in the UBE Northeast region) have included: an annualUBE Youth Day, a leadership conference developed and led by our youth; Faith-Heritage bus tours to Baltimore, MD, and Philadelphia, PA; and high school and college application workshops for parents and students, conducted through its Youth, Education, and Scholarship (Y.E.S.) Committee.