Essential conversation

on race with Milagros Phillips

We often remain silent on the topic of race because of the discomfort it stirs

up in and around us. Whether this is your first time to a race workshop or you

are seasoned explorer, join us for this essential session.

While race remains a complicated topic, by taking time to be in intentional

conversation, we can arrive at new awareness and vision. We will discuss the

history of race and consider how our current landscape informs our spiritual

journeys and calls us forward as people of faith.

Join seasoned facilitator Milagros Phillips as we discuss the history of race. We'll explore how our current landscape shapes our spiritual journeys and calls us forward as a people of faith. For more information, please see our flyer

Saturday, September 16 in St. Paul's Heavener Hall

9 - 11:30 am workshop, book signing 11:30 - 12. 

Fellowship and lunch to follow.

Cost is $50/person


Scholarships available. 

Contact Rev. Claire Matheny, 301-933-7933.

This event is just one of the many activities sponsored

by St. Paul’s Justice and Compassion Committee to

foster a “Beloved Community.” We invite neighbors

and friends near and far to join the conversation as

we learn and grow together.

Beloved community at St. paul's

The Beloved Community is a sub-committee of the Justice and Compassion Team. Beloved Community formed following a Spring 2016 Supper and Study Class, "Exploring Race," and has since hosted a number of events intended to be educational and faith-forming. We bear a Christian witness of love as we work to identify and dismantle racism.

Some of our events and programs include:

Ongoing: Movies that Move Us events. We gather quarterly to view relevant films, followed by a discussion on race afterwards led by trained facilitator Ernest Crosby. Recent films include Hidden Figures, Selma, and Watermelon Man. Our next movie is anticipated for Fall 2017 - stay tuned!

Summer field trip June 2017 to the Underground Railroad Trail at Woodlawn Park for a guided walking tour exploring how enslaved people eluded trackers and gained their freedom. 

Community Table at Impact! Silver Spring's Annual Meeting, May 2017. 

Six-week guided discussion during Lent 2017 of Drew Hart's recent book, 

Trouble I've Seen: Changing the Way the Church Views Racism. 

"From Pain to Progress: Spirituals and Sacred Songs for the Journey" concert held in January 2017 by pianist Marvin Mills and vocalist Marlissa Hudson featuring music from the African-American tradition, followed by a time for discussion.