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During the month of June, you are invited to view the film Just Mercy. It is available to rent over most streaming services (amazon, apple, etc.) for free through June 30th. Then on the evening of July 8th, there will be an opportunity for those who wish to take part in a thoughtful group discussion via ZOOM of the themes and subject matter of racial justice brought up in the film.

The 2019 film, Just Mercy, tells the true story of the first case of long-time civil rights advocate Bryan Stevenson, who in the late 1980s became the head of Alabama’s Equal Justice Initiative right after graduating from Harvard Law School. Seeking to overturn the falsely obtained conviction of Walter McMillian, the African American lawyer runs up against a thoroughly racist justice system, starting with the police, the district attorney, the prison guards and the judges. Only by a persistence like the widow in Jesus’ “Parable of the Widow and the Unjust Judge” does Stevenson emerge victorious at last. The faith of the advocate and of the African American family is well depicted, with the lawyer’s words near the ending possessing a biblical ring: “We all need justice, we all need mercy, we all need unmerited grace.” (See summary by Rev. Edward McNulty.)

ZOOM DETAILS
Just Mercy Discussion
Wednesday, July 8 6:30 – 8:30 PM
Meeting ID: 847 2484 8573
To join Zoom meeting by computer, tablet or cellphone, click here
To join by phone (audio only), dial (312) 626-6799
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On Sunday, June 14, members of St. Charles Avenue Presbyterian Church joined other congregations along St. Charles Avenue in an Interfaith Walk and Prayers for Solidarity.

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PODCASTS:

  • Brene Brown “Unlocking Us”
    • Episode June 10, 2020 with Austin Channing Brown
    • Episode June 3, 2020 with Ibram X. Kendi
  • On Being
    • Episode 843: Resmaa Menakem – “Notice the Rage; Notice the Silence”
    • Episode 847: Eula Bliss – “Talking About Whiteness”
    • Episode 849: Isabel Wilkerson – “This History is Long; This History is Deep”
    • Episode 851: Jason Reynolds – “Fortifying Imagination”

 

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