In an increasingly diverse America, race continues to divide us because of unconscious bias, willful blindness, deeply ingrained systems of oppression, and the burdens of history we have yet to address. Rivertowns Episcopal Parishes Action on Inclusion and Race (REPAIR) is a community of Westchester citizens determined to play our part in bringing healing and justice to our society . . . starting with the local Episcopal churches in which many of us worship.
REPAIR's mission: Addressing racial justice in the Westchester rivertowns. Our activities include: continuing education and dialogue; self-evaluation of our churches and their inclusion practices; studying our local communities and supporting community groups working for racial justice; and offering Christian witness on behalf of inclusion and racial justice.
REPAIR is led by an informal, self-selected group of laypeople and clergy from all of the communities served by our churches. We welcome people of all faith traditions, spiritual seekers, and those with no spiritual or religious affiliation.
Our Organizing Team
Born in Dillon, South Carolina, Samuel Bethea is a Vietnam era Air Force veteran. After earning degrees in history and education, and a professional diploma in school district administration, he worked in the Bronx for 28 years as a teacher and school administrator. He is a warden at St Paul’s on the Hill in Ossining.
Carolyn Black has been music director at St. Paul’s on the Hill, Ossining, for 30 years, as well as founder of St. Paul’s Youth Music After School Program and Summer Music Camp. She was one of ten African American women to integrate the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and went on to teach Choral Music and Theater Arts at Ossining High School for 27 years.
Rev. Cooper Conway
Cooper is priest in charge at Trinity and St Paul's Churches in Ossining. A graduate of the General Seminary, she has served as an interim in churches in Newark and New York. In 1998, she was a member of the first Commission to Dismantle Racism in the diocese of Newark, where she guided and promoted Youth Ministries' Diversity conferences for the teens of the diocese.
Rev. Gareth Evans
Gareth is the rector of the Church of St Barnabas, Irvington. Ordained in 1996, Gareth has more than 20 years of parish experience, having served in five churches in both the Church of England and the Diocese of Massachusetts, most recently as the rector of The Church of the Good Shepherd in Acton, Massachusetts.
Torsie is an independent school educator focusing on admissions, social justice, diversity, and inclusion. He believes in the diversity of learners and strives to help every student reach his or her academic potential. Born and raised in North Carolina, Torsie now resides in Tarrytown, NY with his family and attends Christ Church & San Marcos.
A retired English teacher, Janice s a volunteer and board member of the Community Food Pantry of Sleepy Hollow and Tarrytown. She also serves as president of the Hudson Chorale. Her home parish is All Saints' Briarcliff Manor.
Ginny is a non-profit consultant, specializing in leadership transitions and organizational effectiveness. She lives in Ossining, where she is a committed community volunteer. Her home parish is All Saints Episcopal Church in Briarcliff Manor.
Peter is a trial lawyer specializing in personal injury cases. He is a past president of the Defense Association of New York and a member of the Village of Ossining Ethics Board. he is married to the Rev. Cooper Conway.
Dennis is executive director of the National Center for Law and Economic Justice. He previously served as director of the ACLU’s Racial Justice Program. He publishes and lectures extensively about civil rights and is an adjunct professor at New York Law School. Dennis is a member of Trinity Church in Ossining.
Karl is a writer and editor of nonfiction books who has worked with authors incuding former president Jimmy Carter and Nobel Peace laureate Muhammad Yunus. He attends the Church of St Barnabas in Irvington.
Kevin is the rector of All Saints’ Church in Briarcliff Manor. He hails from the South, where he spent the better part of 20 years in pastoral service. In addition to his time serving small and large churches, he has been a campus minister, church planter, missioner with the homeless, and a touring punk rock drummer.