We are partners in Christ's ministry of reconciliation.
From now on, therefore, we regard no one from a human point of view; even though we once knew Christ from a human point of view, we know him no longer in that way. So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation. - 1 Corinthians 5:16-18 NRSV
We invite you into these opportunities to partner with other parishioners in our common pursuit of reconciliation and social justice.
"Faith is taking the next step, even when you can't see the whole staircase." - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
What is the next step?
"...to engage, equip and empower people to love God, care for each other and serve the world in the name of Christ."
In this tumultuous time of the COVID-19 pandemic and in the midst of the protests over the killing of George Floyd, everyone seems to be asking, "What do I do now? What's the next step?" How do we advocate - like the Good Samaritan - for our neighbor(s) in need? How do we minister effectively and faithfully to 'the least of these'? How do we seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving our neighbors as ourselves, and respecting the dignity of every human being?
As Christians, we are each called by God to act - to do the work that God has given us to do. And for each of us, that action, that work, will look different. What gifts has God placed in you? What concerns in our community or the world stir your heart? What resources (financial, time, social connections, energy and physical ability, experience...) do you have at your disposal?
Before we can act, we need to understand the various perspectives and complexities of any issue to help us avoid a "Ready, Fire, Aim!" result. Here are some sources to help you engage with current issues and to help equip you for advocacy from a faith perspective. We will soon be posting a resource corner on our Outreach and Mission web page as well.
Episcopal News Service (can subscribe for a daily email)
Episcopal Public Policy Network (can sign up for regular notifications)
Episcopal Migration Ministries (can subscribe to newsletter)
Presiding Bishop Michael Curry's Pentecost 2020 Sermon at Washington National Cathedral
Sacred Ground: A Dialogue on Race and Faith
Wednesdays, July 15 - November 18, 2020 (10 Sessions)
Sacred Ground is a film- and readings-based dialogue series on race, grounded in faith. Small groups are invited to walk through chapters of America’s history of race and racism, while weaving in threads of family story, economic class, and political and regional identity. Please join us for this important series. Registration is limited. Learn more and register here »
Legacy and Justice pilgrimage
Montgomery and Selma, Alabama
From police shootings to incarceration statistics, and from school accessibility to poverty rates, racism is a present reality that plagues our city and our country. Our faith calls us to confront and confess our failures and fears in order that we may be reconciled one with another. Please consider joining us on our next pilgrimage to the Legacy and Justice Museum and National Memorial for Peace and Justice in Montgomery, Alabama. Established by the Equal Justice Initiative, these sites give Americans an opportunity to learn and respond to some of the racial injustice of our collective past. Learn more and register for the next pilgrimage »