All St. Mark’s parishioners and their friends are invited and encouraged to participate in this three-session online class offered by the Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh. The class is free and will be held via Zoom. It is part of the church’s Beloved Community Initiative (See the Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh and the Episcopal Church of the USA websites for more information about the Beloved Community Initiative.) We are offering it as part of St. Mark’s Beloved Community and Christian Formation programs. We look forward to seeing you on Zoom!
Join the Rev. Canon Eric McIntosh and the Rev. Canon Natalie Hall for a diocesan-wide Eastertide conversation about the content of two important documentaries: The Black Church: This is Our Story, This is Our Song (https://www.pbs.org/show/black-church/) and A Time for Burning (https://bit.ly/3rogS43 ).
Black expressions of the Christian church developed largely from nationally encouraged racial segregation. It has been noted that Sunday morning in America is the most “segregated hour,” where black, brown, and white bodies meet for worship in separate spaces. Where will these faithful expressions of Christianity meet? Let’s watch these critically acclaimed documentaries to enter a conversation about the Body of Christ. Who is part of that Body? Where does the wider, integrated Body meet?
Our three-part discussion series will help us approach the discussion with grace about how God might break open ways in which our bodies could be the Christ’s, together.
• The Black Church (Part I): Thursday, April 15 from 7:30-9:00 PM
• The Black Church (Part II): Thursday, April 22 from 7:30-9:00 PM
• A Time for Burning: Thursday, April 29 from 7:30-9:00 PM
Please watch the section of each documentary ahead of each discussion. Questions will be provided for conversation.