Love is the Way: A Virtual Book Study with Facing Racism
On ZOOM Wednesdays: July 6, 13, 20 from 7:00-8:30 p.m.

Love Is the Way: Holding Onto Hope in Troubling Times By Bishop Michael Curry with Sara Grace, is Presiding Bishop Michael Curry’s journey into the heart of his own life. A descendant of slaves and the son of a civil rights activist, Bishop Curry holds out his conviction that the Way of Love can change all of us for the better. Through the prism of his faith, ancestry, and personal experience, Curry shows us how America came this far and, more importantly, how to go a whole lot further. BUY THE BOOK and Join Facing Racism as we explore Love is the Way. REGISTER HERE or for more information contact Contact Fr. Bob Morris.

Sacred Ground: A Film-Based Dialogue Series on Race & Faith
September – October 2022

Sacred Ground is an 11-session racial healing program that meets, more-or-less, bi-weekly over the course of five months. More than 20,000 people have completed this series that weaves video and written material together with small group sharing and story-telling. Beginning in September, and again in October, Facing Racism will facilitate Sacred Ground Circles.

A New Ministry is Born

During the racial unrest of the 60s the Episcopal Church specifically recognized and named the sin of racism. Yet, it wasn’t until 2015 that the Church designated racial healing among its top priorities. Then, in 2018, General Convention affirmed the long-term goal of “Becoming Beloved Community.”

The term Beloved Community, coined by Harvard philosopher Josiah Royce in 1916, was popularized by Martin Luther King, Jr. in the 60s, and is now a mantra of Presiding Bishop Michael Curry. Beloved Community refers to the followers of Jesus — from all races, cultures, languages, economic classes, political persuasions, etc. — that is, all followers of Jesus finding, experiencing and living into our common humanity, our oneness in Christ.

In the spring of 2020 Christ Church hosted several book studies on race in America. Following these studies, a number of us began to gather informally to continue the discussion. We talked about articles that we were reading, videos that we were watching, experiences that we were having, and things that we were beginning to understand differently.

We soon realized that these studies, and our subsequent conversations and personal sharing, had opened a door into a grace-filled world of information and experience about which we had much to learn. We found our faith renewed and sensed that we were being called to the work of Becoming Beloved Community.

We’ve recently gathered a steering committee of clergy, vestry members, and parishioners-at-large. We call the ministry “Facing Racism” because our desire is to discover and share truth about racism in America, and to advocate for racial equity and healing. We’re working together to open doors by creating safe spaces for honest dialogue, abundant grace and generous love.

Whether you simply wish to engage for an evening or are ready and able to invest even more time and energy, there will be something for everyone wanting to explore the subject of race and racial healing in the context of faith. As our journey continues, we invite you to join us in the ministry of Becoming Beloved Community.

The Facing Racism Steering Committee

Co-chairs: Kiki Karpen & Bob Morris
Mark Barrett
Diane Downing
Deb Hardman
Jack Hardman
Marsha Holmes
Debbie Price
Lynne Radcliffe
Frank Watson
John Willim