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Questions on the Road to Emmaus: Resources for Small Groups

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Greetings St. Paul’s!

On the Third Sunday of Easter (Aril 26), I preached a sermon about Jesus meeting his disciples on the road to Emmaus. My suggestion was that, like Cleopas and his companion, it’s time for us to start asking questions about what our life will look like when we return to a new normal as a parish and as a people. Curiosity, it seems, is part of how we discern and participated in resurrection and so I proposed four questions that would help us do this good work. I also challenged our church to start asking them now.

This is a resource I’ve put together to go deeper with these questions. It is a guide to use with your small group, circle meeting, or family devotional time. I’ve given you three options for exploring the questions in one session or four sessions.

This season is hard and sad, but it is also Easter. That makes questions like these all the more appropriate. Resurrection doesn’t ignore the tragic, awful, and painful, instead, it includes it. Because resurrection is a power so great it can bring good out of even the most horrible circumstances, then we, while still lamenting, dare to look for hope.

I hope these questions help us in that process!

Easter Peace,

Dixon+

The link to the sermon is here: https://stpaulswinstonsalem.org/church-from-home/
and the message begins at 28:31

Lenten Resources and Diocesan-Wide Book Read

Debby Irving, author of Waking Up White: And Finding Myself in the Story of Race will be at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Winston-Salem on Thursday, April 23 for two events at 12:15 pm and 7 pm. Her book can be purchased at the St. Paul’s Bookstore.

Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/waking-up-white-a-conversation-with-author-debby-irving-tickets-96909754685

THE DIOCESE OF NORTH CAROLINA has announced a diocesan-wide book read to take place during Lent.

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As part of our ongoing commitment toward Becoming Beloved Community, all people and communities of the Diocese of North Carolina are invited to read Howard Thurman’s Jesus and the Disinherited or Debby Irving’s Waking Up White: And Finding Myself in the Story of Race during the season of Lent. Both books invite self-examination and reflection about how racism continues to work against the dream of God and our call to love others and strive for justice and peace among all people. There are study and discussion guides available for both books that can easily be used to create a meaningful Lenten series. The hope is that reading these books will spark conversations within churches and local communities and create a catalyst for building deeper relationships around racial healing and reconciliation during this season of repentance.

The Rev. Howard Thurman (1899-1981) was a minister, educator, theologian, and civil rights leader, whose counsel and witness served as a spiritual foundation for the nonviolent civil rights movements and whose writings continue to inspire. He connected with prophetic clarity on how the inward journey of faith shapes our concerns for social justice. In Jesus and The Disinherited, Thurman’s seminal work, he wrote about the chains of oppression and how Jesus embodies liberation and transformation for all. Alongside the book, participants are encouraged to watch Backs Against the Wall: The Howard Thurman Story, a film that explores the extraordinary life and legacy of Thurman. There are a number of helpful study guides for both the book and film available.

RESOURCES:
Racial Reconcilation and the Church: Lessons from Howard Thurman
Film Discussion Guide for Backs Against the Wall: The Howard Thurman Story
Panel Discussion – Backs Against the Wall: The Howard Thurman Story (Princeton Seminary)

In Waking Up White: And Finding Myself in the Story of Race, Debby Irving recounts her experience of being a white American woman and coming to terms with the complexity of race in the United States. With candor, Irving unpacks long-standing beliefs about colorblindness, being a good person and her desire to “help” people of color. The book contains conversation and reflection prompts at the end of each chapter. Study guides for Irving’s book are also available. An engaging and thoughtful speaker, Irving will be speaking at churches throughout our diocese from April 21-26, 2020, as part of the Race Matters Tour.

RESOURCES:
Waking Up White study guide
Curriculum and study guides from Debby Irving

Formation Recording: The Enneagram – Feb 16

From: Sunday, February 16, 2020
The Enneagram: A magnifying glass for meaningful soul work

Led by Julie Smith and the Rev. Sara Ardrey-Graves. Already learned the basics of the Enneagram and ready to go further?  Join us for a three-work course on how to apply your knowledge of the Enneagram to your relationships, your passions, your limitations, and your life’s work.

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Formation Recording: The Enneagram – Feb 9

From: Sunday, February 9, 2020
The Enneagram: A magnifying glass for meaningful soul work

Led by Julie Smith and the Rev. Sara Ardrey-Graves. Already learned the basics of the Enneagram and ready to go further?  Join us for a three-work course on how to apply your knowledge of the Enneagram to your relationships, your passions, your limitations, and your life’s work.

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Fall 2019 Formation at St. Paul’s

Living into our Sacred Stories

How can we connect to what is sacred in our lives? This Fall at St. Paul’s we will explore the sacred stories that weave together the shared story of our church home.

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September 2020

Seeing White Discussion Group at Noon

September 22 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 12:00 pm on Tuesday, repeating until October 13, 2020

Seeing White: A Study of Racism from a historical and spiritual lens Led by Ricky Shore and Kathy Ausen This class will focus on episodes of the podcast Seeing White produced by the Scene on Radio podcast team from the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University.  Our discussions will consider these questions:  Where did the notion of “whiteness” come from?  What does it mean?  What is whiteness for?  We’ll explore these questions through a historical, spiritual, and a present-day…

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Seeing White Discussion Group at 7 pm

September 22 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 7:00 pm on Tuesday, repeating until October 13, 2020

Seeing White: A Study of Racism from a historical and spiritual lens Led by Ricky Shore and Kathy Ausen This class will focus on episodes of the podcast Seeing White produced by the Scene on Radio podcast team from the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University.  Our discussions will consider these questions:  Where did the notion of “whiteness” come from?  What does it mean?  What is whiteness for?  We’ll explore these questions through a historical, spiritual, and a present-day…

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Living Abundantly in a Time of Scarcity

September 27 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 11:00 am on Sunday, repeating until October 11, 2020

Led by Sara Ardrey-Graves, Dixon Kinser, Darby Everhard, Martha Metzler, John Shields, Mark Ardrey-Graves, Julie Smith What have Christians always done when they need grounding?  Many of us are feeling adrift and helpless when considering our response to the painful events of this year.  From the COVID-19 pandemic to racial reconciliation to a struggling economy to a contentious election, our world has no shortage of suffering right now.  It begs the question, how do we live in an increasingly complex…

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Seeing White Discussion Group at Noon

September 29 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 12:00 pm on Tuesday, repeating until October 13, 2020

Seeing White: A Study of Racism from a historical and spiritual lens Led by Ricky Shore and Kathy Ausen This class will focus on episodes of the podcast Seeing White produced by the Scene on Radio podcast team from the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University.  Our discussions will consider these questions:  Where did the notion of “whiteness” come from?  What does it mean?  What is whiteness for?  We’ll explore these questions through a historical, spiritual, and a present-day…

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Seeing White Discussion Group at 7 pm

September 29 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 7:00 pm on Tuesday, repeating until October 13, 2020

Seeing White: A Study of Racism from a historical and spiritual lens Led by Ricky Shore and Kathy Ausen This class will focus on episodes of the podcast Seeing White produced by the Scene on Radio podcast team from the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University.  Our discussions will consider these questions:  Where did the notion of “whiteness” come from?  What does it mean?  What is whiteness for?  We’ll explore these questions through a historical, spiritual, and a present-day…

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October 2020

Living Abundantly in a Time of Scarcity

October 4 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 11:00 am on Sunday, repeating until October 11, 2020

Led by Sara Ardrey-Graves, Dixon Kinser, Darby Everhard, Martha Metzler, John Shields, Mark Ardrey-Graves, Julie Smith What have Christians always done when they need grounding?  Many of us are feeling adrift and helpless when considering our response to the painful events of this year.  From the COVID-19 pandemic to racial reconciliation to a struggling economy to a contentious election, our world has no shortage of suffering right now.  It begs the question, how do we live in an increasingly complex…

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Seeing White Discussion Group at Noon

October 6 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 12:00 pm on Tuesday, repeating until October 13, 2020

Seeing White: A Study of Racism from a historical and spiritual lens Led by Ricky Shore and Kathy Ausen This class will focus on episodes of the podcast Seeing White produced by the Scene on Radio podcast team from the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University.  Our discussions will consider these questions:  Where did the notion of “whiteness” come from?  What does it mean?  What is whiteness for?  We’ll explore these questions through a historical, spiritual, and a present-day…

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Seeing White Discussion Group at 7 pm

October 6 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 7:00 pm on Tuesday, repeating until October 13, 2020

Seeing White: A Study of Racism from a historical and spiritual lens Led by Ricky Shore and Kathy Ausen This class will focus on episodes of the podcast Seeing White produced by the Scene on Radio podcast team from the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University.  Our discussions will consider these questions:  Where did the notion of “whiteness” come from?  What does it mean?  What is whiteness for?  We’ll explore these questions through a historical, spiritual, and a present-day…

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Living Abundantly in a Time of Scarcity

October 11 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 11:00 am on Sunday, repeating until October 11, 2020

Led by Sara Ardrey-Graves, Dixon Kinser, Darby Everhard, Martha Metzler, John Shields, Mark Ardrey-Graves, Julie Smith What have Christians always done when they need grounding?  Many of us are feeling adrift and helpless when considering our response to the painful events of this year.  From the COVID-19 pandemic to racial reconciliation to a struggling economy to a contentious election, our world has no shortage of suffering right now.  It begs the question, how do we live in an increasingly complex…

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Seeing White Discussion Group at Noon

October 13 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 12:00 pm on Tuesday, repeating until October 13, 2020

Seeing White: A Study of Racism from a historical and spiritual lens Led by Ricky Shore and Kathy Ausen This class will focus on episodes of the podcast Seeing White produced by the Scene on Radio podcast team from the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University.  Our discussions will consider these questions:  Where did the notion of “whiteness” come from?  What does it mean?  What is whiteness for?  We’ll explore these questions through a historical, spiritual, and a present-day…

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Seeing White Discussion Group at 7 pm

October 13 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 7:00 pm on Tuesday, repeating until October 13, 2020

Seeing White: A Study of Racism from a historical and spiritual lens Led by Ricky Shore and Kathy Ausen This class will focus on episodes of the podcast Seeing White produced by the Scene on Radio podcast team from the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University.  Our discussions will consider these questions:  Where did the notion of “whiteness” come from?  What does it mean?  What is whiteness for?  We’ll explore these questions through a historical, spiritual, and a present-day…

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Adult Confirmation Class Q&A

October 25 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Adults new to St. Paul’s or new to the Episcopal Church are invited to join our fall Confirmation class. Confirmation is a ritual in the Episcopal church for us to express our faith in Jesus Christ, reaffirm the promises given to us in baptism, and publicly join the community of faith when the bishop visits us. If you already went through a practice of confirmation in another faith tradition, you would be “received” into the Episcopal Church in a similar ritual. If…

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