|THIS WEEK AT ST. LUKE’S
Live streaming and zoom gatherings from St. Luke’s.
Morning and Evening Prayer are being offered daily:
Sunday Liturgy, 10AM – Please note, beginning Sunday, June 14th we will stream Sunday Liturgy at 10AM (this is in addition to Morning Prayer, Rite I at 9AM). Sunday Liturgy will be offered with spiritual communion. A full service leaflet for the Sunday service may be found by clicking here.
Please join us on our Facebook page for a live stream of the services listed above.
Click here for a copy of the Book of Common Prayer!
Prayers and Litanies
Virtual Coffee Hour, Sundays, 11AM (following 10AM Sunday Liturgy).
Sunday Adult Ed – Study of the Gospel of Matthew, Sunday, 12 PM.
Children’s Christian Education Materials
Social Justice Book Club – Monday, July 13, 2020, 6:30 PM.
“In eleven sharp, surprising stories, Neel Patel gives voice to our most deeply held stereotypes and then slowly undermines them. His characters, almost all of who are first-generation Indian Americans, subvert our expectations that they will sit quietly by. We meet two brothers caught in an elaborate web of envy and loathing; a young gay man who becomes involved with an older man whose secret he could never guess; three women who almost gleefully throw off the pleasant agreeability society asks of them; and, in the final pair of linked stories, a young couple struggling against the devastating force of community gossip..”
Borrow a copy from the library or get a 25% discount when you order a book club title at Library Express, 2nd Floor at the Marketplace at Steamtown, 570-558-1670.
FOR SUCH A TIME AS THIS
With a goal of opening our hearts and minds to discussion and discernment about how we can actively stand in solidarity together against racism, bigotry, and inequality, Canon Grandfield is facilitating an eight-week course “Nativity Cathedral, For Such a Time as This.”
The COVID-19 Pandemic has only highlighted long-standing inequalities. This is a time for us to join together in raising awareness, in listening to the truth, expertise, and stories of People of Color, to equip and enlighten ourselves through study, and through non-judgmental conversation, to empower ourselves to be changed ourselves and agents of change in our world.
This work together is intentionally intended to be discomforting, with hopes that in our discomfort we will really feel empathy which leads us to be resolved, and engaged anew, and fierce in our commitment to working to dismantle systemic racism.
Thursday evenings, June 11 through July 30, from 7pm to 8:45pm, we will gather virtually. In order to facilitate a coherent dialogue in safe space, participants are expected to commit to all (most) of the sessions. A set of short readings will be part of the expected preparation for the course sessions. Our topics will be:
1. Myths of Anglo-Saxon and White Superiority
Sessions will include a brief interview; a time of learning; and a time for facilitated, open discussion.
Canon Grandfield will conduct and present interviews with important leaders in this conversation such as Esther Lee, President of the Bethlehem NAACP; Dr. Sirry Alang, Professor of Sociology at Lehigh University; Bishop James Tengatenga, retired bishop of Southern Malawi, once chair of the Anglican Consultative Council, and current Professor of Global Anglicanism at The University of the South; and the Rev. Emily Ann Garcia Livingston, Pastor of St. John UCC in Allentown, among others.
Questions? Canon Grandfield – 484-892-7659 or email
Additional resources on Race and Racism
“Can you yearn enough for Church; can you yearn enough for Jesus.”
Posted by Winnie Varghese on Sunday, July 5, 2020
Bishop Kevin expresses his support of Kelly Brown Douglas, Stephanie Spellers, and Winnie Varghese, and encourages everyone in the diocese to read their message, “Speaking of Freedom,” and reflect upon this moment.
Here is their written statement.
In this video they read the statement and discuss.
Please, I urge you to read, mark, learn and inwardly digest. This is a call to the Church, to us Episcopalians, to BE CHURCH.
White Fragility Book
In this “vital, necessary, and beautiful book” (Michael Eric Dyson), antiracist educator Robin DiAngelo deftly illuminates the phenomenon of white fragility and “allows us to understand racism as a practice not restricted to ‘bad people’” (Claudia Rankine). Referring to the defensive moves that white people make when challenged racially, white fragility is characterized by emotions such as anger, fear, and guilt, and by behaviors including argumentation and silence. These behaviors, in turn, function to reinstate white racial equilibrium and prevent any meaningful cross-racial dialogue. In this in-depth exploration, DiAngelo examines how white fragility develops, how it protects racial inequality, and what we can do to engage more constructively.”
Another great option:
And a good article from Psychology Today – The Psychology of Rioting: The Language of the Unheard.
Here’s an Ascension and Pentecost at Home resource compiled by Rev. Beth Hoffman Reed and Rev. Peter Pearson for seasonal devotion.