In addition to the editable resource page that came out of the Waking Up White class, there is now a questionnaire available for any member or frequent guest of Westminster; you do not have to have participated in the class. Through this survey, you can express your interest in local and regional events dealing with race/racism/white supremacy and indicate how willing you might be to engage in future work within Westminster and out in the community. The results of the survey will also give the Peace, Justice & Inclusion committee of the Mission and Outreach division some feedback on where interest and energy are among the congregation to continue grappling with the complex issues of racial justice. Please join in this important work; filling out the survey is an important first step!
This past weekend, UKirk had a retreat at Wintergreen! We had a fantastic time relaxing by the fire, playing games, and going on a brisk hike.
Our focus throughout the semester has been learning more about God by learning more about ourselves. We have learned about the Ignatian Examen, explored the Enneagram, and unpacked the Invisible Knapsack of White Privilege. In our endeavor of learning more about ourselves, our core scripture is Psalm 139.
Psalm 139: 23-34
Search me, O God, and know my heart;
test me and know my thoughts.
See if there is any wicked way in me,
and lead me in the way everlasting.
On Earth Day this past April Westminster dedicated its new solar panel array which consist of 57 solar panels positioned on the roof above our church kitchen and nursery.
During its first five months of operation we have generated 5,910 kilowatt hours of electricity from the panels. This non-fossil fuel power is the equivalent of saving 3,121 kg of CO2 emissions from the environment or eliminating 13,046 miles of driving. We have on brief occasions provided for all of our electrical needs in the Fellowship Hall and Education Building through our solar panels and sold electricity back to Dominion Energy over each of the past three months (17 kilowatt hours in August, 14 kwh in September, and 10 kwh in October). While our financial savings have been less than anticipated over this period, we have made a positive contribution to the environment by generating this portion of our power from “green” sources.
Presbytery Hunger Offering will be collected during worship November 26th. This offering of the Presbytery of the James helps connect individuals, families, and congregations in a hopeful, helpful response to world hunger. By contributing five cents per person per meal each time we eat, we are reminded of the needs of others and of Christ’s command to feed the hungry. As you are able, bring your offering forward during the last hymn.
After our Fall 2017 class discussing Waking Up White, the class consensus was that we need to continue grappling with these issues of whiteness, race, and dismantling racism, and we need to include all members of Westminster in this important work. The class facilitators have initiated a resource Google doc that lists upcoming local and regional events, suggestions for where we as a church might go in further fellowship and exploration of this important topic affecting our community and nation, and a reading list. The document is editable by anyone with the link, so feel free to add events, suggestions, and readings or videos you think are noteworthy. Anyone wishing to continue these discussions and/or take concrete action on these (and other) suggestions should email .