Category: Community Engagement

2023 Lenten Speaker & Lunch Series

AROUND THE TABLE: A Spirituality of Cooking, Eating, Hospitality, and Hanging Out Wednesdays in March | Speaker at 12:00 PM | Lunch from 12:30 to 1:30 PM   The centerpiece of most holy places is a table; the same can be said for most homes. Similarly, a common mandate in most holy documents is hospitality […]

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When:
January 18th, 2023 at 7:00 pm
Where:
Online (Zoom)

Join St. Paul’s parishioners Dr. Christine Luckritz Marquis and Dr. David Coogan as they co-facilitate our monthly Faith and Culture Conversations. We invite speakers who have experience with pressing issues in our community and nation, discussing them through the lenses of faith and culture.

January Topic: Faith, Culture, and Incarceration Justice | Voices of Jubilee

Featured Speaker(s): Rev. Lauren Ramseur and Rev. Ashley Diaz Mejias (see bios below).

ONLINE ONLY – CLICK HERE to REGISTER.


OUR CONVERSATION PARTNER(s):

Voices of Jubilee is a new worshipping community of hope and liberation accompanying incarcerated youth and their families in central Virginia: www.voicesofjubilee.org.

Rev. Lauren Ramseur is a Co-Pastor of the Voices of Jubilee along with Rev. Ashley Diaz Mejias. She has served as a pastor for over 20 years in a variety of contexts. She has served as pastor to men on Georgia’s death row and has been deeply involved in the death penalty abolition movement. She is a restorative justice practitioner and serves on the board of the Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy and Rise for Youth. Lauren and her husband Doug are the parents of two children. She is a graduate of James Madison University and Candler School of Theology at Emory University.


Rev. Ashley Diaz Mejias co-pastors the Voices of Jubilee, a new worshipping community accompanying incarcerated youth and their families in central Virginia. Ashley also works with the Richmond Community Bail Fund and lives in Richmond with her husband and three daughters.

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When:
December 7th, 2022 at 7:00 pm
Where:
St. Paul's Episcopal Church

Join St. Paul’s parishioners Dr. Christine Luckritz Marquis and Dr. David Coogan as they co-facilitate our monthly Faith and Culture Conversations. We invite speakers who have experience with pressing issues in our community and nation, discussing them through the lenses of faith and culture.

December Topic: Faith, Culture, and Affordable Housing: Maggie Walker Community Land Trust

Featured Speaker(s): Erica Sims (see bios below).

This will occur in person with a possible live stream option. Conversations will last approximately an hour. Light refreshments are available before and after the conversation. CLICK HERE to RSVP.


OUR CONVERSATION PARTNER(s):

Erica Sims, Chief Executive Officer, Maggie Walker Land Trust

The Maggie Walker Community Land Trust (MWCLT) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that seeks to develop and maintain permanently affordable homeownership opportunities for low and moderate-income households and to foster racially equitable communities.

Erica Sims has worked in the non-profit management, affordable housing development and community organizing fields for over 17 years. Her focus has been on social and economic justice through housing and economic development. Ms. Sims has held private sector, nonprofit and government roles and has overseen the development of over 2,500 units of affordable housing and 50,000 square feet of commercial development space in new construction and renovation projects. Prior to joining HDAdvisors in 2017, she acted as Deputy Executive Director of Mutual Housing Association of New York, an non-profit affordable housing developer, owner and manager with a portfolio over 1,500 units of affordable housing. She received a Bachelor’s in Economics and a Bachelor’s in Urban Planning from the University of Michigan and a Masters of Business Administration from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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When:
November 16th, 2022 at 7:00 pm
Where:
St. Paul's Episcopal Church
815 E. Grace Street

Join us Wednesday, November 16 at 7:00 PM for our Community Engagement Book Discussion. We will be reading How the Other half Eats: The untold Story of Food and Inequality in America by Priya Fielding-Singh, PhD. The discussion will be facilitated by Anne Dobson and Sheena MacKenzie

This gathering will be in-person in the Palmore Room.

CLICK HERE to RSVP


The Community Engagement Summer Book reads will host book discussion groups this Fall. Please join us for lively conversations about the summer reads. Book and group dates are as follows:
September 28th – Rust- A Memoir of Steel and Grit by Eliese Goldbach, Facilitated by Barbara Holley and Lynn Blankman
October 26th – The Home Place – Memoirs of a Colored Man’s Love Affair with Nature by J. Drew Lanham, Facilitated by Rev. Gwynn Crichton and Steve Otto
November 16th – How the Other half Eats: The untold Story of Food and Inequality in America by Priya Fielding-Singh, PhD, Facilitated by Anne Dobson and Sheena MacKenzie
December 14th (virtual) – Wishtree by Katherine Applegate, Facilitated by Matt Stehle and Mary Hayden Stehle

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When:
November 9th, 2022 at 7:00 pm
Where:
St. Paul's Episcopal Church

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Join St. Paul’s parishioners Dr. Christine Luckritz Marquis and Dr. David Coogan as they co-facilitate our monthly Faith and Culture Conversations. We invite speakers who have experience with pressing issues in our community and nation, discussing them through the lenses of faith and culture.

November Topic: Faith, Culture, & Gun Violence

Featured Speaker(s): FARRHARD EL-AMIN and STAN CRADDOCK (see bios below).

This will occur in person with a possible live stream option. Conversations will last approximately an hour. Light refreshments are available before and after the conversation. CLICK HERE to RSVP.


OUR CONVERSATION PARTNER(s):

FARRHARD EL-AMIN is a community relations officer for the Richmond City Police Department, a proud father, and a part-time DJ.

STAN CRADDOCK is one of the authors of Writing Our Way Out: Memoirs from Jail, a self-taught Bible scholar, and a master gardener.

Join us online, Wednesday, November 9 @ 7 PM

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When:
October 26th, 2022 at 7:00 pm
Where:
St. Paul's Episcopal Church
815 E. Grace Street

Join us Wednesday, October 26 at 7:00 PM for our Community Engagement Book Discussion. We will be reading The Home Place – Memoirs of a Colored Man’s Love Affair with Nature by J. Drew Lanham. The discussion will be facilitated by Rev. Gwynn Crichton and Steve Otto.

This gathering will be in-person in the Palmore Room.

CLICK HERE to RSVP


The Community Engagement Summer Book reads will host book discussion groups this Fall. Please join us for lively conversations about the summer reads. Book and group dates are as follows:
September 28th – Rust- A Memoir of Steel and Grit by Eliese Goldbach, Facilitated by Barbara Holley and Lynn Blankman
October 26th – The Home Place – Memoirs of a Colored Man’s Love Affair with Nature by J. Drew Lanham, Facilitated by Rev. Gwynn Crichton and Steve Otto
November 16th – How the Other half Eats: The untold Story of Food and Inequality in America by Priya Fielding-Singh, PhD, Facilitated by Anne Dobson and Sheena MacKenzie
December 14th – Wishtree by Katherine Applegate, Facilitated by Matt Stehle and Mary Hayden Stehle

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When:
October 19th, 2022 at 7:00 pm
Where:
St. Paul's Episcopal Church

Join St. Paul’s parishioners Dr. Christine Luckritz Marquis and Dr. David Coogan as they co-facilitate our monthly Faith and Culture Conversations. We invite speakers who have experience with pressing issues in our community and nation, discussing them through the lenses of faith and culture.

October Topic: Faith, Culture, & Racial Reconciliation

Featured Speaker: Danita Rountree Green. Danita Rountree Green, M.A., TLSC is a wordsmith, trauma healer and co-CEO of Coming To The Table-RVA, a nonprofit committed to racial healing in the city known as the former Capital of the Confederacy.

This will occur in person with a possible live stream option. Conversations will last approximately an hour. Light refreshments are available before and after the conversation. CLICK HERE TO RSVP.

CLICK HERE to watch the LIVESTREAM.


OUR CONVERSATION PARTNER(s):

Danita Rountree Green, M.A., TLSC is a wordsmith, trauma healer and co- CEO of Coming To The Table-RVA, a nonprofit committed to racial healing in the city known as the former Capital of the Confederacy. As the only African American in leadership of an inclusivity group in RVA, she facilitates the “courageous yet clumsy” conversation on race, social equity and the legacy of the American Slave Trade for a mixed-race audience with over 1200 online members and 300 active participants seeking to heal the wounds of the past. www.comingtothetable-rva.org

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When:
October 15th, 2022 at 9:00 am
Where:
St. Paul's Episcopal Church

Join Chris Graham on October 15 as he walks with a group of St. Paul’s parishioners on the Slave Trail.  We will meet at 9:00 AM at St. Paul’s. Walk the trail together and then come back to the church for lunch and discussion. We should conclude our time together by 12:30 PM. RSVP Required.

CLICK HERE TO RSVP.

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When:
September 23rd, 2022 at 6:00 pm
Where:
Contact David Hoover

The LGBTQI+ community of St Paul’s will be celebrating Richmond Pride with a potluck on Friday night, September 23 at 6:30 pm at the Southside home of Bill Roberts and David Hoover. If you identify as LGBTQI+, plan to gather for a time of fellowship and fun. Bill and David will provide ham and drinks. Please bring a dish to share. Hope you will join us! RSVP to David Hoover.

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