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Bending toward truth: a forum on race and religion in Richmond 

March 10-11

The Most Reverend Michael B. Curry, Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church, will be visiting St. Paul’s to share, to witness, and to encourage the work of the History and Reconciliation Initiative. We will host theologians and scholars to share history, engage in dialogue, and envision the future in prayer.

SCHEDULE for Saturday

  • Doors will open at 3 p.m. on the 10th, with check-in at 3:30 p.m.
  • The forum will start at 4:00 p.m. and dinner will be served at 5:45 p.m.

Expect to hear about the history of St. Paul’s as well as community faith leaders reflecting on the legacy of racism in Richmond.

Dr. Christopher Graham and Dr. Elizabeth O’Leary, parishioners and HRI members, will present on the history of St. Paul's, with responses given by guest scholars:
  • Dr. Corey WalkerVice President, Dean and Professor of Religion and Society at The Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology
  • Dr. Nicole Myers Turner, a Virginia Commonwealth University professor researching Virginia’s free and freedpeople churches and how they used their churches, conventions, and religious institutions to define political strategies, gender roles, and community membership
  • Dr. Edward A. Ayers, president emeritus of University of Richmond, Tucker-Boatwright Professor of the Humanities, researching southern history and working in digital humanities

We will look at how the patterns of racial supremacy continue to shape our political, social and economic structures and policies in Richmond region, how patterns of the past in some ways are being perpetuated, with Christy Coleman, CEO of the American Civil War Museum,  Mark Constantine, president and CEO of the Richmond Memorial Health Foundation and Rob Corcoran, Strategic Advisor for Community Trustbuilding with Initiatives of Change. 

Our four clergy panelists for the forum are:

This is a free event, but please do register at Eventbrite to reserve your seat and dinner! If you register after 4 p.m. on Wednesday, March 7, please note, we will not be able to provide dinner. 

Worship on Sunday

On Sunday, March 11, the Presiding Bishop will join us (along with Bishop Shannon) for Eucharist, where he will preach and encourage us. Come and participate in this delightful opportunity!

Invite everyone! Here's the link to the Facebook event!

Please direct all media inquiries to Gail Goldsmith, Director of Communications, at (804) 643-3589 or