Diane Pollard, former Church-Warden of Trinity Church Wall Street, was honored this week by the Absalom Jones Episcopal Center for Racial Healing in Atlanta. The new Diane Pollard Reading Room was dedicated on Wednesday, October 23, at 11:30am.
“This is a well-deserved honor for Diane whose work has touched so many aspects of the Church that she loves,” said the Rev. Dr. William Lupfer, Trinity’s Rector, in a congratulatory letter read at the event. “Over the course of her ministry in the church, Diane has advocated tirelessly for social justice, represented her diocese in more than a dozen General Conventions, and served as a trustee of the Church Pension Fund as well as of the Cathedral of St. John the Divine.”
Diane has served on many committees and boards in the Episcopal Church at the local, diocesan, and national levels, as well as on the 2006 Joint Nominating Committee that elected Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori. Diane currently sits on the Board of the Church Club of New York. Her professional career has spanned senior roles in financial services and human resources, and she has received numerous honors including the Mattie Hopkins Honor Award from the Union of Black Episcopalians.
“The common thread throughout her decades of service has been raising the voices of those who are not heard – women, people of color, the homeless, those struggling in our healthcare system, and many others,” continued Dr. Lupfer. “I am most grateful for and humbled by the work Diane has done on furthering the discussions of reparations within the Church. At a time when racial justice issues have never been more urgent, Diane’s deep work in this area is healing.”
The Absalom Jones Center, led by Executive Director Dr. Catherine Meeks, serves as a convener for the Episcopal Church on anti-racism initiatives through training to youth, clergy, and lay leaders. It is a Trinity grantee and invites individuals to open their minds and hearts through a curriculum of experiences and activities that help dismantle personal prejudice, take down racism, and bring forth reconciliation.