The diocesan Truth and Reconciliation Working Group is hosting a listening session at St. Philip’s after the liturgy on Sunday, March 26th. We are seeking to record the experiences of church members related to race and racism, especially as it pertains to their faith lives.
What role did/does St. Philip the Deacon and its members play in the life of the greater community? What have members of St. Philip’s experienced in the diocese and the wider Episcopal Church? How has the Church empowered them or held them back? What do you want people to know now and in the future about your experiences in Oregon’s only historically Black congregation? These are just some of the topics we want to hear about, and you may have other things you’d like to share.
We want to hear your first-person stories, as well as the stories of people who have been close to you but who are not able to participate…whether they have moved away, have trouble getting to church, or have gone to Glory. Bernadine Clay, one of the working group’s members, is your “on the ground” contact if you have questions beforehand. Alan Murray and Sydney Fitzpatrick, who were both representatives to General Convention last summer, will also be participating. Please stay and share on the 26th. We want to listen.