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BELOVED COMMUNITY SPEAKER SERIES

The Holy Trinity Episcopal Church’s Beloved Community is pleased to announce a series of speaker presentations, “The Awakening of the Church” during the Sunday School hour January 16, 2022—March 13, 2022 with the exception of January 23, 2022.  The series, which will be held in the Haywood-Duke Room, will be about anti-racism—love your neighbor as yourself.

During the series, the Beloved Community will have featured speakers, who will address Community Life; Justice, Law & Order; the Arts; and, Education.  This will help our church members address the work needed within our parish to honor our baptismal vows to follow Jesus’s path by seeking and servicing Christ in ALL persons.

Scheduled speakers:
January 16- View   Linda Brown, published author, retired professor of African American Literature
January 30   Yvonne Johnson former Greensboro Mayor
February 6   Beth Mulberry medical director at Mustard Seed Health Clinic
February 13   Frank Dew former chaplain at Greensboro Urban Ministry
February 20   Pamela Haynes Deacon—St. Anne’s Episcopal Church, Winston-Salem
February 27   Teresa Vincent Chief District Court Judge—Guilford County
March 6   Joyce Johnson director of the Jubilee Institute
March 13   Panel Roundtable Discussion

At the end of the series, the Beloved Community will offer a roundtable discussion on how our parish can bring together people across all human divides to address the sin of oppression and how we can begin at the grass roots level to transform ourselves and others to be inclusive, loving, just and peaceful for ALL citizens.

Each Sunday’s session will be video recorded and uploaded to the Holy Trinity YouTube channel for viewing at a later time.


Becoming an Inclusive "Beloved Community" Antiracism Initiative 

Why form a Beloved Community Commission?
The Christian mandate is the directive we received from Jesus to “love one another.” In our Baptismal Covenant we promise “to seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving our neighbors as ourselves” and “strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being.” To this end, we strive to re-examine our relationship to the body politic, remembering that our Christian responsibility to the creation of a just and fair society is work we are called to do by our Lord. Public policy, the economy, the environment, and equal access to participation in this endangered democracy cannot be compartmentalized away from the authentic Christian message.

Where do we begin?
We start by being clear about our own beliefs. What is our tradition truly saying to us? We must move toward knowing and speaking the truth to each other about what we say we believe and how our beloved church has been so often in violation of that.

What will the Commission do?
As Christians, we are called to speak and live in a way that refutes the culture of materialism, untruth, self-centeredness, greed, White supremacy, and domination. We must ask ourselves how we can live out change and help create change that contradicts the old mindset. We start with reading, awareness, reflection, open dialogue, and action.

Who is on the Beloved Community Commission?
Current members of the Beloved Community Commission include Michael Thomas, Linda Brown, Russ Ingersoll, Bill Drake, Carol Lucas, Mark Lile-King, Rev Sarah Carver and Rev David Umphlett. We hope to have representation from every commission and committee of the church. The invitation to join is open to every member of our parish, regardless of where you are on your respective antiracism journey.

If you are interested in becoming a member of this commission, please contact any of the members or email the parish administrator at .


 
Please click here to read a message from the Beloved Community Task Force.


 

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