Our Healthy Church team rose to the occasion this week to help remember the life of Beverly Edwards with an in-church tribute and cemetery interment, the first in-person service since adapting to our new normal. In communication with the VAUMC District Superintendent, Walker Chapel is receiving approval of our plans for different types of gatherings on the church grounds. This will require volunteers to direct car and foot traffic to ensure that social distancing is maintained, hanging signs, tracking attendance and health status registrations, and performing on site temperature checks etc. Stay tuned for updates.
Only July 30, Pastor Lynne officiated the wedding of Todd Darling and Jana Sabol.
On Monday night, August 10, our Civil Conversations on Race continued centering around the life and example of Congressman and Civil Rights leader John Lewis. There is certainly no lack of additional information about his life and work, but here are some that might be of interest as we continue to think about our call to be church in this time and place in the face of racism and inequities that have become unmistakable visible in our nation. The On Being podcast is entitled John Lewis: Love in Action and can be found here:
We opened our conversation with scripture from 1 Corinthians chapter 13. This scripture contains a very practical list of attributes and actions that illustrate the concept of Love in Action. We used the translation from The Message which can be found here
Bryan Stevenson is the founder and Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative, a human rights organization in Montgomery, Alabama. Under his leadership, EJI has won major legal challenges eliminating excessive and unfair sentencing, exonerating innocent death row prisoners, confronting abuse of the incarcerated and the mentally ill, up and aiding children prosecuted as adults. Stevenson is the author of Just Mercy and the subject of the film by the same name.
Our Next Conversation is Monday, August 24, 2020 - 7pm
We will be discussing Krista Tippett’s recent interview with Resmaa Menakem and Robin DiAngelo In Conversation. The interview is a follow up to Tippett’s conversation with Menakem just weeks before
The show we released with Minneapolis trauma specialist Resmaa Menakem in the weeks after George Floyd’s killing has touched listeners, and galvanized searching, with an extraordinary reach. So I said yes when he proposed that he join me in conversation again, this time together with Robin DiAngelo. She is perhaps the foremost voice in our civilizational grappling with whiteness; her book, White Fragility, is one of the most widely read books in the world right now. Hearing the two of them together is electric — the deepest of dives into the calling of our lifetimes.
And then the next conversation is Monday August 31
At this conversation we will start the process of discerning, thinking and taking about how we at Walker Chapel and add “steps to our prayers” and continue the work of love in action. This is exciting and necessary work. Please continue to think, to learn, to pray as we seek to discern God’s leading.