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Inspired by Bishop’s study group, St. Elizabeth's continues conversation

Pursuing Racial Reconciliation
Wendy Broadbent, Catherine Outen Olivo & Sandy Sullivan

During January and February, three parishioners from St. Elizabeth’s, Ridgewood participated in Bishop Hughes’ six-week study group on Pursuing Racial Reconciliation through Scripture, Film, Word and Prayer. Inspired to continue the conversation within their home church, these parishioners offered a 4-week discussion group featuring the recently released PBS documentary, The Black Church: This Is Our Story, This Is Our Song, which traces the 400-year-old story of the Black Church in America.

For the month of April, a small group met weekly on Zoom for prayers, scripture and discussion questions based on the PBS study guide and other enriching supplemental materials, including documents, videos, articles, artwork and music. These materials were inspired by Bishop Hughes’ idea to use a multi-disciplinary approach to look deeply at the material and subject matter.

The group is planning a summer group discussion centered on the documentary 13th. According to the NY Times, the film “challenges your ideas about the intersection of race, justice and mass incarceration.”