This Sunday, June 24, Brittany Caine-Conley and Rebecca McGregor will be showing pictures and recounting their very memorable and meaningful mission trip to our southern border, their interactions there with immigrants and those who provide care at the increasingly chaotic border. We will also hear of the cases of 6 trans women who our community is hoping to shelter as their asylum cases make their way through the courts. Next week, July 1, we’ll highlight local efforts to assist our immigrant neighbors close by, with representatives from CIRAC, International Neighbors, and others in our community. On July 8, we’ll be discussing a look ahead to what support people can express to uplift our community in the days surrounding the anniversary of the weekend of August 11-12. And we’ll conclude our discussion series on July 15 with a panel of representatives from gun violence prevention groups. We hope you’ll join us in the Library.
Have you ever thought about joining the choir, but worried about making the commitment? Summer pick-up choir is just the thing for you! On the second Sunday of each summer month the pick-up choir meets in the choir room at 9:00 am and learns an easy anthem to offer at the 10:00 worship. This choir is open to older children, youth and adults. The remaining dates for pick-up choir this summer are July 8 and August 12. Please contact Megan Sharp, Director of Fine Arts if you have questions.
The Peace, Justice & Inclusion (PJ&I) Committee is coordinating a series of social justice discussions this June and July. Come to the Library after worship, around 11:20, to find out who has felt called to use their time and talents to address a wide range of social justice issues. We plan to assemble panels from within the congregation and our wider community to address pressing issues and how we are called to respond. This Sunday, June 17 we revisit our Waking Up White class, so if you’ve read it since our class or want to continue the discussion, please come! June 17th and all future classes will be held in the Library. The participants in the mission trip who are here this summer will be presenting reflections and photos from their borderlands trip on June 24.
Remember to put The Hate You Give by Angie Taylor on your summer reading list, whether you plan to attend the adult ed class that will start Sept. 16 or not. This book was assigned reading for the Charlottesville City Schools’ 9th graders, and WPC’s Peace, Justice & Inclusion committee and the adult ed committee of the Christian Education Division feel it’s an important book for our congregation to read, from teenagers on up. Ms. Taylor gives multilayered insights into today’s (and, sadly, probably tomorrow’s) headlines dealing with issues of racial justice in our society.
This Thursday, June 14 at 7:30 pm you are invited to attend a special concert at Westminster. The concert will feature members of our community sharing their talent in a program that will include violin, Native American flute, a string band, vocal solos, and cello. We will also collect donations to benefit PACEM (People and Congregations Engaged in Ministry). Following the performance ice cream will be served in the courtyard. This is a fun way to celebrate the beginning of summer, support PACEM, and hear some great music.