“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

Transforming Our Understanding of Race, or TOUR, is our parish initiative to live into our Baptismal promise. Our mission is to transform the understanding of race within and beyond our community, building towards a vision of racial equity through education and engagement.

The TOUR Planning Committee is anticipating another robust program year, beginning in the fall. In the meantime, we call your attention to our new mission statement (see above) and to several events in our community. Email jboyd@boydandassociates to learn more.

Join us for an Upcoming Event!

Juneteenth Learning Session & Coffee

Wednesday, June 19th | 9AM | Taylor Room

Join the Rev. Hannah Pommershein for coffee and an informative discussion about Juneteenth, which commemorates the emancipation of enslaved people in the USA. The holiday was first celebrated in Texas, where on that date in 1865, in the aftermath of the Civil War, enslaved people were declared free under the terms of the 1862 Emancipation Proclamation. Eucharist will be offered at 10AM, following this session.

Other Resources

Darien Library Movie Night: “Our America: Black Freedom”

Monday, June 17 | 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM | Library Conference Room

The movie begins with the holiday’s origin at the birthplace of Juneteenth in Texas. Juneteenth celebrates the effective end to slavery in the United States. It marks the day when news of the Emancipation Proclamation reached the last remaining enslaved persons in Galveston, Texas – two and a half years after its signing – on June 19, 1865. The above description was paraphrased from the Darien library website. To see a trailer for the movie, click here.

Darien Library Discussion:  From Emancipation to Empowerment: The Significance of Juneteenth

Tuesday, June 18 | 7 PM – 8 PM| Library Conference Room

Join us for an engaging and informative conversation with Marcus McLarty about Juneteenth. This informal session will delve into the origins and history of Juneteenth, exploring the events that led to this significant day, why it is celebrated, and its meaning to the African Diaspora both then and now. Marcus will discuss the profound impact of Juneteenth on African Americans, its broader influence on the world, and the reasons for its celebration. The session will include a Q&A  segment, providing an opportunity for attendees to deepen their understanding and appreciation of this important celebration.

The above description of copied from the library website. For more information and to get a ticket, click here.

And don’t forget ….

TOUR Lending Library opening soon!

To be located in Tink Neubert reading room (in the Parish Office Building). Contact [email protected] for information.

Sacred Ground

Sacred Ground is a small group course addressing America’s history of race and racism through videos, essays, book chapters and stories. This course looks at the origins of discrimination, economic class, regional identity, and more to educate and encourage thoughtful consideration. Click here for more info on Sacred Ground. To join the Fall Session Waitlist, email [email protected]

Much more to come this Fall…

With a new program year in September, we look forward to scheduling a full calendar of events! Stay tuned… 

TOUR is led with love by Anne Lynn, Beverly Kelsey, Dawn Stegelmann, Fran Principe, Hannah Pommersheim and Jennifer Boyd.

To add or remove your name from our list, email [email protected]