The Saint Luke’s Parish TOUR Task Force

“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.” Luke 10:27

We are excited to share updates on the growth of our parish group Transforming Our Understanding of Race Task Force, or TOUR. This initiative demonstrates our commitment as a parish to live into our Baptismal promise to “strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being.”

This is not new work for us at Saint Luke’s. Ever since the creation of Person-to-Person in 1968 as a response to Dr. King’s assassination, Saint Luke’s has been engaged in taking an active stand against racism in our society. It is essential for us to deepen awareness of our country’s history and to ask what we, as a church and as individuals, can do to facilitate needed change. TOUR is committed to helping us all do just that.

Below are some of the many ways to get involved with this group, whose mission is to ‘nurture a community of people whose hearts and minds are open to know and love our neighbors.’ We hope you are inspired to join us on this journey! Email [email protected] to learn more!

Winter / Spring 2024 Events

MLK Civil Rights Pilgrimage

January 12-15, 2024 – To mark the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday weekend, 29 Saint Lukers embarked on a Civil Rights pilgrimage to visit important sites in Birmingham, Selma, Montgomery, Tuskegee, and Atlanta.

Discovery Hour Forum: Reflections from the January 2024 Civil Rights Pilgrimage

Sunday, February 11 at 9AM in the Parish Hall – Parishioners who participated in the pilgrimage to Birmingham, Selma, Montgomery and Atlanta will share their photos, impact stories, and reflections.

TOUR Film Series: Selma

Sunday, February 11 at 3:30 PM in the Parish Hall – Selma (2014) chronicles the 1965 Selma to Montgomery marches that were led by Martin Luther King, Hosea Williams and John Lewis to protest the denial of voting rights to Black Americans. The marchers were confronted by the Selma police, who beat and tear-gassed them. The attack, shown on national television, shocked the nation and contributed to the passage of the Voting Rights Act.

Lenten Book Group: “This Here Flesh” by Cole Arthur Riley

Sundays at 11:15AM in the Taylor Room – Join us for a Lenten Book discussion in-person with the Rev. Hannah Pommersheim. 

TOUR Film Series: “The Green Book”

Sunday, March 10 at 3:30PM in the Parish Hall – “The Green Book” depicts the life of Dr. Don Shirley, a talented Black American pianist who tours the American South in 1962. His driver is Frank “Tony Lip” Vallelonga- an Italian American “tough guy” who is not overtly racist; but like much of white America at that time, isn’t too fond of black people. We see how Dr. Shirley’s color prevents his talents from being recognized as he encounters racial slurs and inequalities. The poor treatment endured by Dr. Shirley opens Tony Lip’s eyes – and our eyes too. * The Green Book (The Negro Motorist Green Book) was a travel guide, published from 1936-67, that identified businesses in the United States that would accept Black customers.

Sacred Ground Winter 2024

Beginning April 4, 2024Are you ready to consider race through new eyes? Starting April 4, we begin a ten-session course, meeting every other week, to discuss race and racism in this country – its history and impact. Perhaps you’ve talked to someone who previously took this course, went on the January Civil Rights pilgrimage, or attended a TOUR film screening, and now you may be considering a deeper dive? Join parishioners Wilder Gleason, Sara Brown and Anne Lynn on this journey of discovery. Burst that bubble! Email annelynn1121@gmail with questions or to sign up!

TOUR Film Series – “Rustin”

Sunday, April 7 at 3:30 PM in the Parish Hall – This 2023 Oscar nominated film, from the Obama’s production company, is based on the true story of Bayard Rustin, who helped Martin Luther King Jr. and others organize the 1963 March on Washington.

Slavery Sites Walking Tour – New York City, NY

SATURDAY, April 27 at 10AM – Join us for a 2 ½ hour guided walking tour of the Freedom Trail in lower Manhattan. Visit a former station of the Underground Railroad, an archeological site and a memorial dedicated to enslaved Africans. Learn how New Yorkers risked their lives to help people escape slavery. Route from the Bowery is 1.5 miles rain or shine. $35. All ages welcome. Contact [email protected] with questions. Sign up coming soon!

TOUR Film Series – “Luce”

Sunday, May 5 at 3:30 in the Parish Hall – This 2019 film tells the story of a couple forced to reconsider their marriage and their family after an extremely disturbing essay written by their adopted son from Eritrea is brought to their attention.

Lending Library opening soon!

To be located in Tink Neubert reading room (office building). Contact [email protected] for information.