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Today on Thursdays at 2: Young Adult Pilgrimage to Ferguson

August 11, 2016
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On Thursday, August 11, Thursdays at 2 will feature the Young Adult Pilgrimage to Ferguson in 2015, as August 9 was the second anniversary of the death of Michael Brown, whose shooting reverberated across the nation.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s question “Where do we go from here? Chaos or Community?” continues to resonate today. The shooting death of Michael Brown on August 9, 2014 continues to reverberate in Missouri, the United States and around the globe. The aftermath of the shooting raised questions about race, structural racism, racial justice, and criminal justice throughout the United States. Concerns about police and local government’s relationship with the community – including the sort of emotions stirred when predominantly minority communities are policed by majority-white law enforcement – are compelling and urgent in Ferguson and beyond. Moreover, concern about the dignity and treatment of Black youth and young adults more universally challenges us to embrace the unique role of the Church in bringing about racial justice and reconciliation in Ferguson and beyond. The Episcopal Diocese of Missouri’s response to the pain of the people of Ferguson provides lessons for the broader Church. The clergy and laity of congregations in Greater St. Louis joined the people of Ferguson, Florrisant, and St. Louis County in deep solidarity. The Missionary Society and Episcopal Relief & Development provided a significant grant to assist local parishes in their local mission of justice, transformation and reconciliation.

Thursdays at 2 is a weekly preview of Episcopal Church innovative ministries. Every Thursday at 2 pm Eastern, a new video illustrating the work of congregations and individuals will be posted on the Episcopal Church’s Facebook page here and YouTube Channel here 

Produced by the Episcopal Church Office of Communications, previously posted videos featured on Thursdays at 2 include:

  • I am a missionary: The Rev. Jimmy Bartz
  • Potluck Dinners
  • Jericho Road
  • Jennifer Caldwell  and Episcopal Moments
  • Bluestone Farms and the Community of the Holy Spirit
  • The Abundant Table
  • Missional Voices
  • Presiding Bishop Michael Curry on World Refugee Day 2016
  • Church on the Square in Baltimore
  • Episcopal Church Advocacy
  • Missional Communities
  • Mobile Loaves and Fishes, a food truck ministry in the Diocese of Rhode Island
  • Re-membering and Re- Imagining, a report from the House of Bishops.
  • Double Down on Love, an original song from the Thad’s Band in Santa Monica, CA, Diocese of Los Angeles
  • The Slate Project, an Episcopal, Lutheran and Presbyterian congregation that exists online and in person.
  • The Rev. Canon Stephanie Spellers, Presiding Bishop’s Canon for Reconciliation and Evangelism, providing an update on recent church planting meetings.
  • The Rev. Scott Claasan of St Michael’s University Church reflecting on how music and surfing led him back to church. 

For more information contact Mike Collins, Episcopal Church Manager of Multimedia.