Most of our adult faith studies include Jesus’ “great commission:” to go out and spread His good news, to serve others. Fulfilling this commission can put us on the path to becoming apostles. But how do we do that?

Our “Mission Focus” efforts provide us with 8-week modules that help us to understand issues that face our world and, more importantly, help us to see what we can do about them. In other words, they teach us to spread Jesus’ message of love and service.

Upcoming Studies: virtual groups are forming now!

Faith & Racial Healing: Changing Racial Systems and Structures

Kick-off Sunday: Sunday, June 06 @ 1:30pm
Closing Celebration Sunday: Sunday,August 08 @ 1:30
Zoom link: https://zoom.us/j/94126305021?pwd=bHJDNno0SGxyRGlMa1U0SUw3RzJHZz09
Meeting ID: 941 2630 5021 / Passcode: joy&hope / 1 669 900 6833 (Phone Passcode: 172 96 447)

WEEKLY GATHERINGS: Tuesdays and Wednesdays @ 7 pm and Thursdays at 10:30 am from June 15 to August 05

The issue of race in America has escalated over the past many months … and we have heard many appeals to better understand the situation, the role each of us plays in it, and what we can do. At St. Joan, we’re taking steps toward doing that by introducing the third of three 8-week studies from JustFaith: Faith and Justice: Changing Racial Systems and Structures.

In this study, we will examine our own individual racial biases and choose words and actions that uphold the dignity of all people. And, because racism is tightly woven into the systems and structures that govern our daily lives, we will equip ourselves to seek God’s justice in a way that is effective and meaningful.

We will learn how racism within our economic systems determines where we live and how we live; what schools we go to and whether we thrive while there; whether we will go to prison; and whether we have enough food on the table.

We will learn how to influence changes to public policy within our systems and structures (perhaps the most urgent and effective way to dismantle racism in our local communities and in our nation) through reforms in areas such as the criminal justice system, fair housing, the racial wealth gap, and racism within the church.

We will explore how racism within our institutional structures — including our national and local governments, our workplaces, and even our own churches — intentionally and unintentionally maintain policies and practices that empower some and disempower others.

Throughout our journey, we will delve into the Epistle of St. James, an often-overlooked book of the Bible, due to its challenging nature. St. James insists that merely believing the right doctrine is not enough; true faith also mandates that we seek justice and care about those who are marginalized.

Join us! For more information, contact Rosemarie McKenney.