Justice at St. Mary’s: Fall 2017 Update

Thinking about social justice and race in America and wondering where to start?  We encourage everyone to exercise their Christian identity at one of the following events this fall.

WHAT: The Diocese of Virginia – 2nd Annual Intercultural Summit

WHEN: Saturday, Sept. 16, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Updated Location:  St. Mark’s, 520 North Boulevard
Richmond, VA 23220 804-358-4771

The events of Charlottesville highlighted the racial divide in our Country, our State and even our Church. How do we find our way to community from this chaos? Join the Diocese of Virginia’s 2nd annual Intercultural Summit to discuss critical issues related to the the multicultural church. You will meet and network with people of various cultures from our diocese and beyond.

Cost: is $15.00/ individual or $10.00 per person for a group of 4.

Interested? Contact www.thediocese.net/interculturalsummit2017 .


WHAT: Washington
 DC, March for Racial Justice

WHEN: Saturday, Sept 30, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

WHERE: The march will line up at Lincoln Park on Capitol Hill

This march is intended to harness the national unrest and dissatisfaction with racial injustice into a national mobilization that strengthens local and nationwide efforts for racial equity and justice. Organizers are mobilizing a coalition of organizations, groupsand individuals to stand together for racial justice in Washington, DC., to create a just and equitable future for communities of color, so that we may all thrive together.  The march will line up at Lincoln Park on Capitol Hill between 10 am and 12 pm, march to the Capitol and past the Department of Justice at 12:30, before culminating at the National Mall between 4th and 7th Streets. A vigil at MLK Memorial will happen at sundown.

Questions? St. Mary’s Contact for the March: Alicia Phillips Mandaville apmandaville@gmail.com

Visit:  https://www.m4rj.com/

 WHAT: VOICE State Election Action

WHEN: Sunday, October 15, 4:30-6 p.m.

WHERE: Patriot High School, 10504 Kettle Run Rd., Nokesville (Prince William County).

Join VOICE (Virginians Organized for Interfaith Community Engagement) leaders to hear from the candidates for governor and lift up social justice issues ranging from housing affordability and support for public education to immigrant rights, criminal justice reform, and ensuring a future for WMATA.

Questions? St. Mary’s Contact for VOICE: Marjorie Green, vagreenfam@verizon.net.

Supporting the Dreamers: Episcopalians as Individuals Can Contact Senators and Representatives

The Presiding Bishop and the Virginia Diocese are supporting the bipartisan Dream Act, which will provide a path to citizenship for the Dreamers, brought to this country as children and now living and working under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

To show your support, go to the Episcopal Public Policy Network website for info on contacting your senators and representatives.