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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.

Right-click to download the mp3 file

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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April 2020

As Deep as the Sea: A Bible Study on Lamentations

April 8 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Live Stream NC United States

What can the Book of Lamentations teach us about shock, silence, and the power of grief during a global pandemic? Join the Rev. D. Dixon Kinser for a Holy Week Bible study on why learning to lament is one of the most valuable skills you can develop during a season like this one.

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This is the Night: A Musical Journey through the Triduum

April 9 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday are collectively known as the “Triduum” (Latin for “three days”) and represent the culmination of Lent and Holy Week. These holy days have engendered a rich musical heritage, inspiring countless faithful generations in song and instrumental expression. While we are far apart this year and are missing hearing the full musical expression of the season, this class will include links to recordings of the most essential music of Holy Week and Easter. Join…

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