Where is Grace in the midst of the conversation about race? Presiding Bishop Michael Curry, who brought a listening ear to Charlottesville in August 2017, has provided a film-based dialogue series on race and faith for our use. Starting in September, we will be offering a five-session, small group learning circle based on the Bishop’s curriculum. Each session will be two hours and include films, readings and conversation. Our hope is to provide a grace-led collective learning experience. Due to the nature of the learning groups, we have a limited amount of space and we ask participants to be at 4 of the 5 sessions and the field trip.
Sessions will be Sunday afternoons from 2:00-4:30 pm starting on September 29 and continue through the first week of December. (Field Trip Oct. 5, Sessions Oct. 20, Nov. 3 and 17th, and Dec. 1).
How much experience do you need talking about race? None.
Are all experiences, questions and perspectives welcome? Yes.
Will you sometimes be uncomfortable? Yes.
Will we allow disrespect or yelling? Absolutely not.
Will we work through the discomfort together? Yes.
Is it a forum to build friendships? Hopefully.
Will it take courage and openness to participate? The Holy Spirit will be with us.
Interested? Email Rev. Marilu Thomas (email@example.com) or Outreach Minister Courtenay Evans (Courtenay@christchurchcville.org) for questions or to register. The group is free, and space is ‘first come, first served.’ If you want more info on what resources we will be using, check out this link, https://www.episcopalchurch.org/sacred-ground