What do racism, voter suppression, COVID-19, police violence, queer and transphobia, and racial trauma all have in common? They are viruses infecting our country and afflicting Black and Brown folk, and they need to be fully treated before we can begin to heal. We’re talking about this and more during a new summer justice series from Virginia-Highland Church, “Pandemics, Protest, & Praise!”
Join Rev. Matt and Min. leea beginning this Tuesday, June 16th at 7:00 pm EST for engaging conversation with faith and justice leaders about our current state of affairs against the backdrop of important historical and cultural holidays, including Juneteenth, Pride, and Independence Day…and in the middle of a critical election year.
How should the church respond? How do we become antiracist? How do honor, celebrate, and care for our intersecting communities?
Each 60-90 minute session will include song, scripture, prayer, reflections from guest speakers, and small group conversations. There will also be a breakout room for youth 5th grade and up!
We hope you will invite your neighbors and friends for these engaging and empowering conversations. Click here to register. You do not need to be a member of Virginia-Highland Church to attend. All faiths and traditions are welcome. *Please note: Communion will be offered as part of this program.
Now more than ever, our beloved community continues to work together as part of Virginia-Highland Church’s mission to “do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with God”. Won’t you join us?
Schedule of Topics and Speakers
- Tuesday, June 16: “Ending Voter Suppression”
Speaker: Rev. Billy Michael Honor, New Georgia Project
- Tuesday, June 23: “Juneteenth & Public Memory”
Speaker: Rev. Dr. Teresa L. Smallwood, Vanderbilt Public Theology and Racial Justice Collaborative
- Tuesday, June 30: “LGBTQ+ Organizing in the South”
Speaker: Mary Hooks, Southerners on New Ground
- Tuesday, July 7: “Justice for Ahmaud Arbery”
Speaker: Dante Hudson, Esq., Public Defender
- Tuesday, July 14: “Mental Health Amidst Racial Trauma”
Speaker: Rev. Renetta Hobson, MS, Positive Growth, Inc.