Reconciliation & Reparation: Lent 2024
by Lorraine Key,
Christ Church Cathedral
February 6, 2024
The 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…” (page 855 BCP)
The 2024 Christ Church Cathedral Lenten Program examines Reconciliation & Reparation as our ministry for racial justice in the world — to restore ourselves and others to unity with God and each other in Christ.
The series of presentations and discussions, sponsored and presented by the CCC Pursuing Racial Justice Committee, will set a framework to address these questions:
- 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 on Sunday, February 18 and, along with Kelly Shmidt, Reparative Public Historian and Lecturer, will present and lead a discussion at 9:10 a.m. Adult Formation in the Technology Hub. Online via Zoom.
- What efforts are underway to address racial inequity through reparations?
On Sunday, February 25 a presentation and discussion of current “Reparation Initiatives in the Episcopal Church” will be the Adult Formation program at 9:10 a.m. in the Technology Hub. Online via Zoom.
- What is Christ Church Cathedral’s historic complicity in enslavement?
Sunday, March 3 Adult Formation at 9:10 a.m. in the Technology Hub will be a presentation and discussion of CCC’s history with enslaved individuals and the institution of slavery at CCC, “Slave Holding and Complicity in Christ Church Cathedral.” Online via Zoom.
- What means do we have in our Endowment for potential redress?
On Sunday, March 10 during Adult Formation at 9:10 a.m. in the Technology Hub will be a presentation and discussion of an “Overview of the History and Current Reality of the Christ Church Cathedral Endowment.” Online via Zoom.
- What should CCC do about, and for, reconciliation and reparation?
Sunday, March 17 the Adult Formation program in the Technology Hub at 9:10 a.m. will be a town hall format for “Next Steps: Striving for Justice” on how CCC might authentically engage in a reparative process. Online via Zoom.
The Pursuing Racial Justice Committee invites, encourages and welcomes your participation in this Lenten Program so we may examine Reconciliation & Reparation together.