Diocese of Southwestern Virginia

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Melissa Hays-Smith

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  • Sponsored a series of talks across the diocese, "Pursuing Beloved Community: Continuing Conversations on Race". These talks and pursuant discussion, were live streamed and then later used to develop a 5-part series for adult formation, (available by Lent 2018) to deepen engagement with the work of racial reconciliation int he name of Christ.

  • There are 4 initiatives being "rolled out" in 2018: "Claiming our Stories" (anti-racism education); "Allyship" training and follow-up "Allyship in Action" groups; reconciliation pilgrimages within the diocese; and story sharing events (incorporating paperless singing when possible per "Music that Makes Community").