Monday, June 05, 2017

St. Paul's Church In Carroll Gardens Invites To Discuss Racial Justice And Reconciliation

On Sunday, June 11, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church at 199 Carroll Street in Carroll Gardens is opening its doors for a timely forum on Racial Justice and Reconciliation. All in the community are welcome to attend.

Here is more information on the forum:
"In light of recent political and social events that have brought the issue of racial justice into the spotlight, the Episcopal Diocese of Long Island invites the greater Brooklyn community to attend a panel discussion on racial justice and reconciliation at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church (Carroll Street) on Sunday, June 11, at 3 p.m. Admission is free and the event is open to the public.

The panel of presenters will include: the Reverend Flora Wilson Bridges, pastor of Rendall Memorial Presbyterian Church in Harlem and author of “Resurrection Song: African-American Spirituality”; Marie Tatro, Episcopal priest and newly appointed Vicar for Community Justice of the Episcopal Diocese of Long Island; and Rabbi Hara Person, Director of Strategic Communications with the Central Conference of American Rabbis (CCAR) .

At the behest of the Bishop of Long Island, Lawrence Provenzano, St. Paul’s Carroll Street joined other Long Island Episcopal parishes in addressing this issue over the past few months. The parish has examined and discussed such writings as those of Ta Nahesi Coates’s, author of Between the World and Me and his article “The Case for Reparations” (The Atlantic Monthly, 2014), and renowned civil rights lawyer, Bryan Stevenson, author of the New York Times Bestseller Just Mercy; also videos such as Ava Duvernay’s documentary 13th, considering the ironic 20th-century follow-ups to the Consitutional amendment abolishing slavery.

The speakers will directly address race relations, racial injustice, and approaches to reconciliation. Questions and comments from the audience will follow.

Rev. Bridges earned a Masters of Arts in Religion at Yale Divinity School and a Doctor of Philosophy in Religion at Vanderbilt University. She has taught at the School of Divinity, Seattle University, and was formerly pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Brooklyn Heights.

Mother Tatro, in addition to her being an ordained priest, holds a C.U.N.Y. law degree. She was founder of the “Messengers of Justice Project” in New York and has worked extensively for non-profit agencies doing legal counseling for low-income New Yorkers.

Rabbi Person is Director of CCAR Press, the primary publisher for the Reform Movement. Ordained in 1998, Person herself edited The Torah: A Modern Commentary (2005), and has authored books as well for children and young adults. She is Adjunct Rabbi at the Brooklyn Heights Synagogue."

For more information call St. Paul’s Church, 718 625-4126.

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