Micah 6:8 What does the LORD require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?
Social Justice Advocacy at Church of the Nativity is, first, a listening group, a group that “loves kindness.” We want to hear people’s pain who suffer from injustice, and we want to understand different points of view on how to respond. Then we want to “walk humbly” with our God as we lean into each other’s vulnerability and strength, finally taking whatever action God seems to require of us “to do justice.” Some of the issues this new group at Nativity has engaged thus far are racial inequities, immigration, and challenges of people with disabilities. The group normally meets at Nativity the first Monday of every month at 7 pm. If you are interested in participating in this group, come to a meeting or contact Beth Crow or Becky Showalter.
Lenten Series, 2018: Becoming Beloved Community This Lenten program will begin February 18 at 2:00 with a special theatrical production by Mike Wiley, Tired Souls: The Montgomery Bus Boycott, followed by a workshop at 3:00 on the monuments.
December 1, 1955 in Montgomery, Al., Rosa Parks refuses to give up her seat to a white man on a city bus. This action inspired the Black citizens of Montgomery to abandon all travel on city buses until they were no longer forced to stand when a white person boarded. There were more who came before Rosa Parks, brave visionaries who laid the groundwork for this pivotal moment. Play writer and actor Mike Wiley’s production “Tired Souls: The Montgomery Bus Boycott” introduces audiences to the fellow heroes and heroines including Jo Ann Robinson, Claudette Colvin and others in the Civil Rights Movement who changed the course of US History.
This production is appropriate for children third grade and up. Childcare will be provided for those younger.
Sign up for the Feb. 18th programs here: “Becoming Beloved Community“: A Lenten Series
Lenten Wednesday Evening Programs: Each of the Wednesday evenings listed below will begin with a light dinner at 6:30 pm, followed by an hour and a half program. The first three sessions will be lead by youth participants from Lift Every Voice (including some of Nativity youth), Sarah Allen, Kieren Harrell, Michelle Kane, Lydia Oliver, Noah Showalter, Al Moore, Pete and Beth Crow. These programs are designed to be intergenerational; we encourage young people from six grade and up to participate.
- February 21: Racism: Recognition, Resistance, and Living Reconciliation
- February 28: Confronting In-Your-Face Racism: Non-Violent Communication
- March 7: Understanding and Responding to Systemic Racism
- March 14: Film Screening and Discussion
- March 21: Where do we go from here? Open conversation about what Nativity and individuals have learned and how to respond.
Selected Resources in Social Justice Advocacy:
Episcopal Church Center
Episcopal Diocese of NC
- Racial Justice and Reconciliation (website of the Bishop’s Committee for Racial Justice & Reconciliation)
- Immigration Reform Resources (resources plus General Convention and Diocesan resolutions and statements)
- The Bishop’s Committee on Accessibility
- Watch Bishop Anne’s statement regarding the recent suspension of the refugee program