Race in our Lives, Our Community, and our Church
Overview: St. Michael’s parishioners are invited to intentionally engage the conversation that is unfolding nationally with regards to racism. As with all components of the Christian journey, our intention is multi-faceted: transformation of the self to become more Christ-like, as well as action to bring about God’s Kingdom here and now.
Holy Listening: Sundays in August (9, 16, 23, 30) at 4PM on Zoom.
The first component of this process is intended for current parishioners to engage on a vulnerable level: where do you find yourself in this conversation around race and justice? What does it mean to listen fully, vulnerably, and without agenda? What does it mean to be so present for the truth of another that we lay down the need to react, correct, or respond? How can the act of listening – to God and to one another – be holy?
Why is it so difficult to talk about race? Join us for a series of conversations grounded in scripture and Christian theology. Participants will be asked to view a video reflection from a theologian or thought leader prior to attending the discussion on Zoom. Each week we will spend time engaging where the shared truth landed in your heart – not what you learned, but how it felt to be open to the truth of another.
Information to join the Zoom conversation (online or on the phone) will be included in your weekly email, and may be found on the website listed above.
Join Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88659564850
Call In: +1 301 715 8592
Meeting ID: 886 5956 4850
Videos for Discussion may be found here.
August 9: Bryan Stevenson, Stone Catchers
August 16: Jim Wallis, The Idol of Whiteness
August 23: The Rev. Canon Kelly Brown Douglas, Crucified Realities
August 30: The Rev. Dr. Emilie Townes, Hoarding Love
Community Conversations: Weekly gatherings in October/November
The second part of this process will be led by a team of lay leaders from St. Michael’s and Lomax AME Zion Church, who are working to design a series of discussions that will help us more fully know, understand, and be reconciled to our past. Together, we will examine our story holistically and seek clarity about who we are called to be today.
“Where do we go from here?”
As The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. reminded us, there is always more work to be done. The next phase of our engagement will be in response to learnings from the community listenings. Once we are grounded in the truth of our history, we will look hopefully together towards actionable steps to make a difference today. We will recommit ourselves to working together to build God’s kingdom.