Next Presbytery Gathering

Thursday, February 6, 2020

St. Mark Presbyterian Church, 601 Claymont Dr., Ballwin

Directions Found Here

Pre-Registration Ends Tues., Feb. 4 at 5 p.m. and can be found at the bottom of this page.  Call the office at 314-772-2395 or email if you have any trouble with registration.

Dismantling Racism & Privilege Pre-Session at 10:30 a.m.
“An Apology to our African American Sisters and Brothers for
the Sin of Slavery and its Legacy”
See full description of this pre-session below.
Gathering from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Registration/Fellowship Begins at 12 p.m.
REMEMBER – Please read Dear White Christians by Rev. Dr. Jennifer Harvey prior to this gathering, so you are prepared for the discussion that will occur. Information about the book can be found here
Pre-Session Description
“An Apology to our African American Sisters
and Brothers for the Sin of Slavery and its Legacy”
In October 2019, the Dismantling Racism and Privilege team (DRAP) of the Presbytery of Giddings Lovejoy organized a Journey of Reconciliation to Montgomery, Alabama. The objective of the trip was to provide the participants with an opportunity to share the experience of the Legacy Museum and the National Memorial for Peace and Justice founded by Bryan Stevenson and the Equal Justice Initiative. There were 38 participants from 12 congregations on this trip.
The participants made a commitment to allow future goals and actions for dismantling racism to grow organically from the group. After three emotional days of discussion, silence, and praying together, several issues were identified, and three initiatives were agreed upon. One of the three initiatives is entitled: AN APOLOGY TO OUR AFRICAN AMERICAN SISTERS AND BROTHERS FOR THE SIN OF SLAVERY AND ITS LEGACY. Join the DRAP team as they discuss the apology which will be provided January 31 in the presbytery gathering binder.
Once available, please download the document and join our discussion group at 10:30 a.m. on February 6.

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Worship & Plenary with Rev. Dr. Jennifer Harvey
Award-winning Author, Educator & Public Speaker
The Rev. Dr. Jennifer Harvey is an award-winning author, educator and public speaker. Her work focuses on ethics and race, gender, sexuality, activism, spirituality and politics—with particular attention to how religion shows up in these dimensions of our shared social life. Her greatest passion and longtime work, however, persistently and pointedly return to racial justice and white anti-racism.

Can’t make this Presbytery Gathering? We will miss you! Please save the date and locations of the upcoming Presbytery Gatherings for 2020 and 2021.

2020 Gathering Dates
Thurs., Feb. 6 St. Mark Presbyterian, Ballwin, Missouri
Sat., May 9 Grace Presbyterian, Crystal City, Missouri
Thurs., Aug. 27 Dardenne Presbyterian, Dardenne Prairie, Missouri  
Sat., Nov. 7 New Hope Presbyterian, St. Charles, Missouri
2021 Gathering Dates
Thurs., Feb. 4 First Presbyterian, Ferguson, Missouri
Sat., Apr. 24 St. Lukes Hospital, Chesterfield, Missouri
Thurs., Aug. 26 Ladue Chapel, St. Louis, Missouri
Sat., Nov. 6 To Be Announced