The Episcopal Catechism tells us that “the mission of the Church is to restore all people to unity with God and each other in Christ” and that the “ministry of lay persons is … to carry on Christ’s work of reconciliation in the world.”
Christ Church Cathedral’s Lenten Program for this year, Reconciliation and Reparation,” examines as our ministry for racial justice in the world — to restore ourselves and others to unity with God and each other in Christ.
A series of five Sunday presentations and discussions, sponsored and presented by the CCC Pursuing Racial Justice (PRJ) Committee, will take place during the Adult Formation at 9:10 a.m. in the Technology Hub and online via Zoom.
PRJ invites, encourages and welcomes wide participation by our congregation as we examine this important topic together.
The five sessions will set a framework to address the following questions:
- Feb. 18: What is the broad historic context of enslavement and its resulting injustice? Geoff K Ward, Director of the WashU Slavery Project, will preach at both services. He and Kelly Schmidt, Reparative Public Historian and Lecturer, will present and lead a discussion at Adult Formation.
- Feb. 25: What efforts are underway to address racial inequity through reparations? The forum will address current reparation initiatives in the Episcopal Church.
- March 3: What is Christ Church Cathedral’s historic complicity in enslavement? The forum will take a look at slave holding within Christ Church and our historic complicity.
- March 10:What means do we have in our Endowment for potential redress? The discussion will include an overview of the history and current reality of Christ Church Cathedrals endowment.
- March 17: What should CCC do about, and for, reconciliation and reparation?
A concluding “town hall” will explore “Next Steps: Striving for Justice” on how CCC might authentically engage in a reparative process.
Read more about the speakers, programs and/or download a copy of the agenda.