“Fireside Chats”

LIVE, Sunday (times vary, see details below)

Location: St. Stephen’s Courtyard or parish hall, depending on the weather

Come together in conversation. Discussions will include, but not be limited to, such topics as: 

White Privilege

Systemic Racism


Implicit & Explicit Bias

Critical Race Theory (CRT)

White Supremacy

Activist Speakers from 1960s (live via ZOOM)


Why does anti-racism matter to us, a Christian community?

Bring your own picnic dinner.

All parishioners from middle schoolers to Sages are welcome to participate.

Bring a friend! Come to one or come when you are able – “Chats” are not sequential.

Upcoming Chats

Sunday, Oct. 24th at 6:30pm

"Ways To Teach & Talk To Kids About Race", hosted by Rosa & Richard Holdredge.  Several guest speakers from our parish have been invited to offer their stories & opinions! 


No Fireside Chats in November & December.


MOVIE:  November 21st at 6:30pm

“How It Feels To Be Free” in the parish hall.  Through archival performances and interviews, Executive Producer, Alicia Keys, tells the story of how six women changed American Culture through their films, fashion, music and politics.  Featuring Lena Horne, first Black woman signed to a major studio; Abbey Lincoln, the “Black Marilyn Monroe” turned protest singed and activist; Diahann Carroll, first Black woman to both win a Tony Award and star in her own TV series in a role other than a maid; Nina Simone, revolutionary musical prodigy; Pam Grier, first female action hero; and Cicely Tyson, the proud race woman who uses her art as a form of protest.


Sunday, January 23rd at 12:00 noon

Details TBD


Sunday, Feb. 27th at noon (after 10am service)

A presentation with Q&A, in Spurling Hall with Eddie & Mary Sue Short,

two civil rights activists who met in the tiny cotton town of Shaw, MI,

at the tail end of the Mississippi voting-rights campaign known as “Freedom Summer”.

The Shorts will be joining us live via remote.

Monthly Book Discussions

VIRTUAL, Tuesday evenings at 7pm

Location: via zoom – check the weekly parish email for the zoom link or contact Mary Jo Higginbotham via email: maryjohigg@gmail.com


Each month we discuss a different book about anti-racism - everything from white privilege and fragility to systemic racism. Discussions usually last 60 to 90 minutes and while it’s strongly encouraged that you read the books, it’s okay to just come and listen. 

   Come to one or come when you are able.

Tuesday, November 9th at 7:00pm 

"The Cross and the Lynching Tree", by James H. Cone.

The cross and the lynching tree are the two most emotionally charged symbols in the history of the African American community. Theologian James H. Cone explores these symbols and their interconnection in the history and souls of Black folk. 

Both symbols represent the worst in human beings and at the same time a thirst for life that refuses to let the worst determine our final meaning. While the lynching tree symbolized white power and black death, the cross symbolizes divine power and Black life God overcoming the power of sin and death.

Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83008699097

Tuesday, December 14th at 7:00pm

"Seven Fallen Feathers: Racism, Death and Hard Truths in a Northern City", by Tanya Talaga.

The shocking true story of seven young Indigenous students found dead in a northern Ontario city. A narrative that has come to manifest Canada’s long struggle with human rights violations against Indigenous communities.  

Tuesday, January 11th at 7:00pm

"The Church Cracked Open", by Stephanie Spellers,

Presiding Bishop Michael B. Curry’s Canon for Evangelism, Reconciliation & Creation.

Spellers draws our attention to the unraveling of white Christianity in the face of contextual

diversity and Jesus’ cross.  She invites readers to “stop negotiating with the past and to realize

love is not maintaining & protecting community but the very cracking open at the heart of community”.  A loving, passionate invitation to repent, reimagine, and renew that offers hope

and promise in Jesus’ way of love.

“Sacred Ground”

Join us as St. Stephen's uses this program as its Lenten Study.

March 2, 2022-April 16, 2022

Live class dates to be announced soon.

Spurling Hall

Built around powerful, short documentary films and readings, this program is part of Becoming Beloved Community, The Episcopal Church’s long-term commitment to racial healing, reconciliation, and justice in our personal lives, our ministries, and our society.