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How can we build bridges for healing and advocate in love in an evolving nation of disruption and division? Our Empowering Beloved Community speaker series will explore some of the barriers to unity in our country and thoughtfully make space to hear, know, support, and care for all of God's people.

About Beloved Community: "As the Episcopal branch of the Jesus Movement, we dream and work to foster Beloved Communities where all people may experience dignity and abundant life and see themselves and others as beloved children of God." - from the Epicscopal Church's website

February 24, 2021 | 7:00 p.m. (CST)

God's Good News Embodied Rather than Abstract

Jason Evans

Podcaster and Missioner for Missional Communities | Episcopal Diocese of Texas

In this conversation, we will discuss what it looks like to develop authentic Christian community that avoids the colonial and commercial pitfalls of twenty-first century Church.

Jason has taught and trained in many environments and with a cross-section of Christian traditions, in diverse contexts, at establishing missional communities, ministry start-ups, and on the relationship between church and culture. His own work in establishing missional communities over the last 15 years has been profiled in books such as Jim and Casper Go To Church, Street Crossers, Emerging Churches, and Emerging Worship. He studied at Heston College for a Certificate in Urban Ministry and Fuller Theological Seminary for a Masters of Arts in Global Leadership. Jason, his wife, Brooke, and their three children are originally from San Diego, CA. Jason comes to the Diocese of Texas after serving as the Diocesan Young Adult Missioner in Washington, DC.

March 3, 2021 | 7:00 p.m. (CST)

Race is Nothing. Race is Everything

Rev. Dr. Rodney Sadler

Director, Center for Social Justice and Reconciliation | Union Theological Seminary

Race is Nothing. Race is Everything will explore how this problematic idea has become a defining factor for life in America and suggest that if we stand with God and exercise our agency we can have victory in overcoming it.  We will also discuss the church's role in reconciliation and the best chance we have to find in Christ the theological motivation to change.

Dr. Rodney S. Sadler's teaching experience includes courses in biblical languages, Old and New Testament interpretation, wisdom literature in the Bible, the history and religion of ancient Israel, and African American biblical interpretation. His first authored book, Can A Cushite Change His Skin? An Examination of Race, Ethnicity, and Othering in the Hebrew Bible, was published in 2005. He frequently lectures within the church and community on Race in the Bible, African American Biblical Interpretation, the Image of Jesus, Biblical Archaeology, and the Dead Sea Scrolls. He was the managing editor of the African American Devotional Bible.

Dr. Sadler served as a visiting lecturer and interim co-director of the Office of Black Church Studies at Duke Divinity School in Durham, NC, and was an associate minister in Durham, NC. He is currently the Director of the Center for Social Justice and Reconciliation on the Charlotte campus of Union Presbyterian Seminary. 

March 10, 2021 | 7:00 p.m. (CST)

The Changing Faces of Hate

Cheryl Drazin

Vice President, the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) Central Division

For over a century ADL has been dedicated to securing justice and fair treatment for all. With expertise in tracking the trends surrounding hate, ADL is the leading expert on extremism today.  From fliers to social media, the mediums for transmitting hate may have become more sophisticated but the underlying bias and bigotry remains unchanged. In her talk, Cheryl Drazin will discuss the trends and the ways we can acknowledge, address, and advocate for those who have been victimized by hate. 

As Vice President of ADL's Central Division, Cheryl Drazin and her team work daily to fight anti-Semitism and all forms of hate in the Austin, Texoma (Dallas), Mountain States (Denver), Southwest (Houston) and Omaha regional offices. Cheryl joined ADL in 2013 as the Jean and Jerry Moore Southwest Civil Rights Counsel.  In 2016, she became the Regional Director for the Dallas regional office. Prior to joining ADL, Cheryl was a shareholder where her practice focused on labor and employment litigation. Cheryl received a B.A. degree in Political Science from Washington University in St. Louis and earned at J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law. 

 

March 17, 2021 | 7:00 p.m. (CST)

How to be an Upstander

Dr. Charlotte Decoster

Historian | Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum

The Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum is dedicated to teaching the history of the Holocaust and advancing human rights to combat prejudice, hatred, and indifference. Join the Museum's Director of Education, Dr. Charlotte Decoster, and explore what it means to be an Upstander through historical examples in Holocaust history. Reflect on the impact of human behavior and personal choice on our community and society.

Charlotte Decoster, Ph.D. is the Ackerman Family Director of Education for the Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum. An experienced educator, she has researched, taught, and written on Holocaust history. She holds a Ph.D. in History from the University of North Texas. She regularly speaks on the Holocaust, children and child rescue during the Holocaust, and in Nazi Germany. She has traveled throughout the U.S. to give talks on Anne Frank and child rescue during the Holocaust.

Wednesday, March 24 | 7:00 pm | Zoom

Service of Confess and Lament

"Lament is an underused practice. To lament, as the psalmist demonstrates, is to cry out to God, acknowledging the trouble that besets us on all sides. It is to acknowledge the pain, the heartbreak, the anger, the confusion, and the frustration that we feel – those feelings and reasons that we can explain and those we cannot. It is often a cathartic experience, expressing aloud those things that God already knows are living in our hearts. 

Indeed, it is good and holy to lament. And moreover, there is Good News in the action when we express it and move through it toward hope and love."  (from Episcopal Church website)

Join us for this healing service, facilitated by our clergy and the Anti-Racism Task Force. Information to participate will be forthcoming.