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 2017 events and programs have included:
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.
An Essential Conversation on Race, Sept 16.
Facilitator Milagros Phillips led a discussion on race literacy and history. The group of 26 considered how personal experiences shape current understanding and spiritual growth.
This event was just one of the many activities sponsored by St. Paul’s Justice and Compassion Committee to foster a Beloved Community. 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.