Season of Justice: Building Bridges
JANUARY 20 - FEBRUARY 17, 2019
In the past several years we’ve seen a clarion call to make peace with neighbors who don’t live like us, talk like us, believe or act like us. According to the pundits, we need to kiss and make up, and get back to playing in the sandbox like we used to. Just play nice, they tell us.
Yet, as we’ve explored in our previous Seasons of Justice, the “isms” that got us here aren’t fixed by a handshake. Racism, climate change, privilege – we can’t acknowledge these as evil but keep going about our lives as if our societal modus operandi can magically bring us different results. As Marshall Goldsmith’s books suggests, “What Got [Us] Here Won’t Get [Us] There”.
CCPC’s Mission Committee channeled these thoughts into the focus for our 2019 Season of Justice: Building Bridges. Rev. Molly Blythe Teichert, Rev. Eric Peltz, along with two preachers and a total of six Open Forum speakers will share how we can move forward with the justice we are so passionate about.
Join us as we explore practical steps and theological frameworks for taking the next faithful step in our journey towards the kingdom of reconciliation.
GEORGE DEREK MUSGROVE | JANUARY 20 | OPEN FORUM SPEAKER
Co-Author of Chocolate City: A History of Race and Democracy in the Nation's Capital
George Derek Musgrove is an Associate Professor of history at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. He is the author of Rumor, Repression, and Racial Politics: How the Harassment of Black Elected Officials Shaped Post-Civil Rights America (University of Georgia Press, 2012) and a number of popular and scholarly articles on post-civil rights era black politics and Washington, D.C. He received his Ph.D. in U.S. history from New York University in 2005, and lives with his wife and two sons in Washington, D.C.
Allyson McKinney Timm (J.D., MDiv) | January 27 | Open Forum Speaker & Guest Preacher
Founder and Director, Justice Revival
Allyson McKinney Timm is a theologically trained human rights lawyer whose commitment to justice ministry has been inspired by her faith journey. Her writing has appeared in Sojourners, California Lawyer, USA Today and The Independent.
Previous to founding Justice Revival, as the Robert M. Cover-Allard K. Lowenstein Fellow in International Human Rights at Yale Law School, Allyson taught and supervised students in the Lowenstein International Human Rights Clinic. Earlier in her career she established and led the Uganda Field Office of International Justice Mission; worked as an associate with Latham & Watkins LLP; and served pro bono with the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, Office of the Prosecutor. Allyson is an elder in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).
Justice Revival inspires, educates, and mobilizes Christian communities to respond faithfully to the call to justice by standing in solidarity with the oppressed and defending the human rights of all.
ACT Sunday - All-Church Together Sunday (intergenerational Building Bridges projects between services) | February 3
The first Sundays of the month are All Church Together Sundays. Everyone is invited to gather in Chadsey Hall for a joint coffee hour. On these ACT Sundays there are no programs between the services and no scheduled meetings. Come join us between services for an intergenerational gathering that involves fellowship and a reconciliation project designed for all ages.
An Introduction to Interfaith Dialogue: Gary Sampliner, Bethesda Jewish Congregation; Faisal Shirazee, Idara-e-Jaferia; Jeanne Tustian, Bradley Hills Presbyterian Church | February 10 | Open Forum
Head west on Bradley Lane and you’ll find a structure built on interfaith relationships. Bradley Hills Presbyterian Church and the Bethesda Jewish Congregation share a building, but together they’ve shared a robust dialogue with the Muslim community as well. Come hear their story of how reaching out has blessed their faith communities in a myriad of ways.
Andrew Hanauer, Director, One America Movement
February 17, 2019 - Open Forum Speaker/Guest Preacher
Andrew Hanauer is the Director of the One America Movement, an organization founded by faith and community leaders in the aftermath of the 2016 election to fight polarization. Under Andrew’s leadership, One America has launched projects that bring Americans together across divides to address race relations, opioids, poverty and religious differences across the country, from Utah, to Oklahoma, to Puerto Rico, to West Virginia, to some of our nation’s largest cities. In addition to running projects that unite Americans across divides, One America trains religious leaders on the dynamics of polarization and division.
Andrew is a frequent public speaker at houses of worship of all kinds, and at venues including the United Nations, the National Press Club and Congressional briefings. His work has been published or featured by The Washington Post, National Public Radio, The Times of Israel, Voice of America, Inter-Press Service, the Christian Citizen and media outlets across the US and abroad. Andrew holds a B.A. in History from Dartmouth College and a Master’s in International Studies from the University of San Francisco.