Racial reconciliation programs continue at St. Luke’s Episcopal

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, October 30, 2019

SALISBURY — As part of its “Becoming the Beloved Community” series, St. Luke’s Episcopal Church will host Catherine Meeks and Bishop Will Willimon for a weekend of programs in November, all of which are open to the public.

Meeks is executive director of the Absalom Jones Center for Racial Healing in Atlanta. She is editor of the bestselling book “Living Into God’s Dream: Dismantling Racism in America” and co-author of “Passionate for Justice: Ida B Wells as Prophet for Our Times.” Meeks holds a master’s degree in social work from Clark Atlanta University and a doctorate degree from Emory University and is a frequent commentator on radio and television.

A bishop in the United Methodist Church, Willimon was the dean of Duke Chapel and professor of Christian ministry at Duke University for 20 years. He returned to Duke after serving as bishop of the North Alabama Conference from 2004 to 2012. Willimon is the author of 70 books, of which more than 1 million copies have been sold.

His articles have appeared in publications including Theology Today, Interpretation, Liturgy and Christianity Today. He is editor-at-large of The Christian Century. In early 2017, he published “Who Lynched Willie Earle? Confronting Racism Through Preaching.” Willimon will be the subject of a documentary film emphasizing his preaching. A film crew will be at St. Luke’s to film for the documentary.

St. Luke’s won a Mission Endowment Grant from the Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina to support programming and research focused on racial reconciliation. The grant funded the production of a documentary that premiered in Salisbury on Oct. 20, as well as the November guest speakers and related programs.

All programs will be at St. Luke’s Episcopal, 131 W. Council St.

Willimon’s address will be at 7 p.m. Nov. 8. Meeks will speak at 9 a.m. Nov. 9, with dialogue with the speakers at 10:45 a.m. The Holy Eucharist with a sermon by Willimon will be at 10 a.m. Nov. 10.

More information is at www.sls.church/beloved-community.html.