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    • July 06, 2020
    • (EDT)
    • July 31, 2020
    • (EDT)

    Our lives have all changed a great deal over the past few months! I certainly never imagined having to social distance from my closest friends and relatives, and I never would have imagined not being able to worship, pray, and sing with all of you in our beautiful church. Everything is different, and I have noticed myself looking for things that give me comfort during these strange times.

    Over the past few weeks I have noticed that singing hymns is one of the things that revives my soul. Their beautiful, poetic texts often seem to be able to express my joy, sorrow, hope, or longing in ways that other things don’t. While I love singing hymns surrounded by choirs and congregations with organ and brass, I also find humming or singing a hymn as I go about my day comforting. I’m guessing that many of you can identify with this as well.

    This summer I would love to hear about the hymns that you find meaningful, and I would love to use them in our worship. Maybe it is a hymn that reminds you of your grandmother, and it makes you feel warm and loved each time you hear it. Or maybe it is a hymn that fills you with joy each time you sing. Whatever it may be, I hope you will let me know.

    Please email the names of a couple of hymns that you would like to sing this summer. If you have a specific reason why you find these hymns meaningful, I would love to know that as well. I can’t promise that I will use everyone’s hymns during the summer, but I will do my best to include as many as possible. They don’t have to be from our hymnal, but know that I am being extra diligent with copyright laws now that we are streaming our services online, so I may not be able to get permission to use every hymn. Please email me at cbenner@3crowns.org .

    • July 06, 2020
    • 7:00 PM (EDT)
    • August 17, 2020
    • 7:00 PM (EDT)

    Monday, July 6 at 7:00 p.m.

    All are invited to gather tonight from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. to discuss the first two chapters of Robin DiAngelo’s book White Fragility. Here is the Zoom link for this gathering. Below you’ll find some questions on which to reflect; we’ll have an opportunity to discuss some of these questions in small groups. Here are the rest of the dates and corresponding chapters for this series (you are invited to join at any point and to attend as many sessions as you are able):

    July 20 Chapters 3 & 4

    August 3 Chapters 5 & 6

    August 17 Chapters 7 & 8

    August 31 Chapters 9 & 10

    September 14 Chapters 11 & 12

    Reflection Questions for Chapters 1 and 2

    Chapter 1: The Challenges of Talking to White People about Racism

    Is there a particular passage from this chapter that made you uncomfortable? If so, can you say why? [from the author’s study guide]

    “Individualism holds that we are each unique and stand apart from others, even those within our social groups. Objectivity tells us that it is possible to be free of all bias. These ideologies make it very difficult for white people to explore the collective aspects of the white experience.” [p. 9] What insight might this statement offer you as we consider systemic racism?

    Can you identify some of the ways in which you were socialized into a particular racial group? How did some common aspects of society that DiAngelo identifies (“television, movies, news items, song lyrics, magazines, textbooks, schools, religion, literature, stories, jokes, traditions, history” [p. 11]) shape your sense of belonging to this group?

    Chapter 2: Racism and White Supremacy

    “Whiteness rests upon a foundational premise: the definition of whites as the norm or standard for human, and people of color as a deviation from that norm.” [p. 25] How did you respond to this statement? What insight might it offer you as we consider white privilege?

    “When you were growing up, if people of color did not live in your neighborhood, why didn’t they? Where did they live? What images did you associate with these other neighborhoods? Were you encouraged to visit these neighborhoods, or were you discouraged from visiting these neighborhoods?” [p. 35]

    “When you were growing up, what made a good school? Who went to good schools? Who went to bad schools? If the schools in your area were racially segregated, why didn’t you attend school together? If this is because you lived in different neighborhoods, why did you live in different neighborhoods?” [p. 35]

    If you went to church when growing up, was your church racially segregated? If so, do you know why? Where did people of other races attend church in your area?

    Here is the Zoom link to join the discussion on 6 July.  Meeting ID: 815 3309 5399   Password: 727559

    • July 29, 2020
    • (EDT)
    • July 30, 2020
    • 12:00 PM (EDT)

    St. Stephens' Youth Programs has decided to run a very reduced and modified program this summer. It looks like this-

    • Only two sites will be offering in person programming- St Stephen's on Shawmut Ave and St. Augustine- St Martin at 31 Lenox St.
    • Each site will only enroll 42 kids
    • The 42 kids will be divided in half, coming to program from 9:00-12:00 or 1:00-4:00, they will have take-home activities to do for the part of the day when they are not on site.
    • The kids will be in groups of seven with two adult leaders per group
    • All protocol dictated by the state will be followed: masks, social distancing, etc.
    • Cleaning will happen before, during, between, and after students are in the building
    • People outside of students and staff will not be able to enter the building.
    • All 130 (+/-) paid teen jobs and programming will be virtual.
    • There will be no field trips except to walk-able local parks.
    • Program will not run on Fridays. Fridays will be B-LOVE distribution days of food, gift cards, books, paper products, cleaning supplies given out to all families that need them. (We have been doing B-LOVE distribution since April- giving out $10,000 in cash assistance every week. Thank you to all of you who donated to the Pandemic Relief Fund, which is how we have been able to do this!)

    So how can Epiphany support B-SAFE in this new world and configuration?

    • We will prepare 52 lunches and deliver individually bagged/ boxed lunches to St. Stephens on Wednesday, 29 July and Thursday, 30 July at 11:00am. We will not enter the building. Lunches will be sent home with students after each session, at 12:00 and at 4:00.
    • We will not host a Friday field trip but we can provide groceries or gift cards for distribution on Fridays.
    • We will cover the cost of two teen jobs.
    • We can contribute to the Pandemic Relief Fund (over 90% of our families have lost at least one job) so that B-LOVE can meet as many of the needs as possible.
    • We can commit, individually and as a parish community, to dismantling the systems of oppression that cause people of color to be more susceptible to infection, job loss, food and housing insecurity, education inequality, racial injustice, etc

    Click here to donate food or funds and to volunteer.

    Thanks for your support of SSYP!
    Betsy Walsh


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Winchester, MA 01890
Phone: 781.729.1922



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