Last year at the Annual Council of the Diocese of Virginia, Bishop Shannon Johnston, challenged us to focus on understanding and reconciling existing racial tensions by examining them in the context of the life of diocese and congregation. “There is much to do in the work of reconciliation in our larger society,” explained the Bishop, “but … this work must begin with reconciliation among ourselves, in our congregations and as a diocese as a whole.”

Bishop Johnston, a descendant of Confederate States Army Gen. Albert Sidney Johnston, underlined Virginia’s history with the Confederacy as an important part of the discussion. Since his call to self-examination, the Diocese has sponsored six conversations on race throughout the Diocese.

Some congregations have already begun their own discussions.

To prepare for our dialogue on these issues, throughout Lent and the Easter season Julie Randle, Christ Church Historian and Registrar/Archivist of the Diocese of Virginia, will lead a series of Sunday Adult Forums detailing the history of Christ Church in terms of race relations and our Confederate legacy.

We hope that through this shared understanding of our parish past, Christ Church can begin a more formal conversations about our past and our ministry today.

Lenten & Easter Season Forums

All forums will begin at 9:00 a.m. in the Meade Room

February 28: Foundation Sunday Lecture: Myths and Realities: George Washington, Robert E. Lee, and Christ Church

March 13: Christ Church’s Racial History: Our Parishioners during the Time of Slavery

April 3: Christ Church’s Racial History: Living into Emancipation, Jim Crow, and the Civil Rights Movement

April 10: Christ Church’s Confederate History: The Impact of the Civil War—During the War and Beyond.

April 24: Christ Church’s Confederate History Part I: The Confederate Mound

TBA: Christ Church’s Confederate History Part II: Robert E. Lee, Parishioner and Public Figure

Read Bishop Johnston’s 2015 Annual Convention address.