We Are All Ferguson: Early August conversations, engagement, and worship mark 1 year anniversary
We are all Ferguson. It's been a tumultuous year and many questions remain surrounding the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri on August 9, 2014 and subsequent events that followed not only in the St. Louis region, but throughout the U.S. and world. What took place has opened many wounds in hundreds of communities and brought to light many injustices among several entities across our nation. - weareallferguson.org
Rev. Steve Lawler and Pastor Willis Johnson of St. Stephen's Episcopal and Wellspring Churches, respectively, in Ferguson, Mo. are organizing a week-long series leading up to the one-year anniversary of Michael Brown's death.
The week's schedule deserves a close reading. Participatory sessions include empowerment work, justice actions, ecumenical worship, plenaries and discussions. For example, Monday's sessions are titled, "Man up, back 2 school supply drive and distribution." Beginning with an ecumenical gathering focusing on developing young men for leadership through training and mentoring; followed by filling (school items needed) 500 backpacks donated by Salem UMC; followed by a community meal, an ecumenical worship service and blessing, and backpack distribution.
The week's events lead up to a Sunday of Solidarity, with opportunity for individual churches to stand together and witness. "Churches across the connection are invited to share in a common litany, worship, scripture, prayer, lesson suggestions, 'homework,' and more." Specific details forthcoming on the website.
Partners include St. Stephen's and the Vine, Wellspring Church, Episcopal Relief and Development, Center for Social Empowerment and Justice, and the John Cook School of Business at Saint Louis University.
DAP conversation at Christ Church Cathedral. On Tuesday, Aug. 4, at 7 pm, the Cathedral will serve as one of several host sites around St. Louis for "Listen. Talk. Learn.," a community conversation led by the Diversity Awareness Partnership.
On Thursday evening, Aug. 6, there will be a public conversation in the Nave between Baltimore and Ferguson clergy and activists for an exchange of best practices, models, and strategy of movement-building in the respective contexts.
In addition, during the week the Cathedral will serve as host to members of the Fellowship of Reconciliation as the Fellowship engages the week's events in St. Louis. More information about the Fellowship, "Working for peace, justice, and nonviolence since 1915" may be found here.
-from Wednesday Weekly of Christ Church Cathedral
At Trinity Episcopal Church in the Central West End, on Friday, August 21, 2015 6:00 - 9:00 pm, Sisters: Christians Advocating Race Equality. Christian women of diverse backgrounds coming together to foster understanding and develop relationships through reflection and dialog. Reflection by Dr. Leah Gunning Francis (Eden Seminary), author of "Ferguson and Faith." Donation - $5.00 (at the door) & free will offering. Dinner will be served. Email reservations by August 18, 2015. More information.