Sunday, January 14
It has become a Bethany tradition that on the Sunday morning prior to Martin Luther King’s birthday, our worship and other activities focus on issues of peace and justice. This event is planned by Bethany’s Peace Fellowship, and the theme this year is Seeking Racial Justice with a focus on Wisconsin’s criminal justice system.
Guest Frank Davis will present the message at all three services. Frank is a community organizer for MOSES (Madison Organizing in Strength, Equality and Solidarity), a grass roots, interfaith organization working for criminal justice reform in the Madison area. During the five years of its existence, MOSES has proven to be a strong advocate for justice in our community. Bethany is one of the organization’s member congregations.
Learn about the work of the Peace Fellowship, their goals and accomplishments at the forum on January 14th . More details can be found here.
From 8:45 am to 11:00 am take the opportunity to consider and express thoughts of peace while enjoying snacks and fellowship.
On the four Sundays in January, all are invited to join members of the FaithLink class to participate in a peace study. The study will be on the book Troubles I’ve Seen: Changing the Way the Church Views Racism. The author, Drew G. I. Hart, is a theologian and blogger who places police brutality, mass incarceration, anti-black stereotypes, poverty and everyday acts of racism within the larger framework of white supremacy. Leading readers toward Jesus, Hart offers concrete practices for churches that seek solidarity with the oppressed and are committed to racial justice.
The study will take place at 9AM in room 220 on Jan. 7, 14, 21, & 28. Fifteen copies of the book are being ordered and will be available for purchase ($15 per book) or for borrowing from the church library. It is not necessary to read the appropriate chapter or to attend all four sessions—come for the discussion regardless!