THE RECTOR'S MESSAGE Wednesday, 10 June 2020

Included in today's update: A Message from Father Keith with an Invitation to the MISSIO Town Hall: Courageous Conversations on Race Relations Webinar on JUne 11th @ 7pm


Wednesday, 10 June 2020

Dear Friends:

I don't want to inundate or overwhelm your Inbox, but this announcement, in light of our current national crisis, is too important to ignore . . . Dr. Frank James, a member of Messiah and Dean of Philadelphia's Mission Seminary, has sent each of us an invitation . . .

MISSIO​ ​Town Hall:

Courageous Conversations on Race Relations

Thursday, June 11, 2020

7:00 PM

Hello all - I invite you to participate in the Town Hall webinar scheduled for tomorrow evening at 7:00 p.m.

Panelists​: ​Honorable Dan Williams, Honorable Dana L. Redd, Rev. Leonard Dow, Rev. Dr. Chandra Williams, Rev. Dr. Damone Jones, Rev. Dr. Clarence Wright, Rev. Dr. Michael Heath, Dr. Kyuboem Lee, Dr. Todd Mangum, and Mary Harper Opening: Welcome, opening remarks and prayer: Dr. Frank James, President of Missio Seminary. Dr. Chad T. Hinson will moderate

Town Hall Format: Participants will move through four phases during the Town Hall, exploring and building on shared experiences. There will also be individual and small cluster questions.

● The first phase will set the tone and explores the question ​Who Are We? through the sharing of personal stories.

● The second phase will help participants understand ​Where Are We? ​ through a deeper exploration of personal and shared racial history in the community.

● During the third phase, participants develop a vision for the community, in response to the question ​Where Do We Want To Be?

● In the fourth phase, participants answer the question, ​What Will We Do As Individuals and With Others To Make A Difference?

You are cordially invited to this Zoom webinar.

Go the Mission Seminary website

for more information and registration.


O God, who created all peoples in your own image, we thank you for the wonderful diversity of races and peoples who have come together in this great nation, and strengthened our culture with the many gifts, talents, perspectives and flavors they have brought and shared. Enrich our lives by ever-widening circles of fellowship, abolish all prejudices that separate us, open our eyes to recognize, and acknowledge, and celebrate your presence in those who differ most from us, until our knowledge of your love is made perfect in our love for all your children; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

adapted from The Book of Common Prayer


Answer me when I call, O God, defender of my cause; *

you set me free when I am hard-pressed;

have mercy on me and hear my prayer.

"You mortals, how long will you dishonor my glory; *

how lone will you worship dumb idols

and run after false gods?"

Know that the Lord does wonders for the faithful; *

when I call upon the Lord, he will hear me.

Tremble, then, and do not sin; *

speak to your heart in silence upon your bed.

Offer the appointed sacrifices *

and put your trust in the Lord.

Many are saying, "Oh, that we might see better times!" *

Lift up the light of your countenance upon us, O Lord.

You have put gladness in my heart, *

more than when grain and wine and oil increase.

I lie down in peace; at once I fall asleep; *

for only you, Lord, make me dwell in safety.

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