May 28, 2023 – War and Peace: Representation Matters in Public Monuments

Memorial Day is an opportunity to commemorate the lives of those who died while serving in the Military. Who is it that we remember? Who do we memorialize? Who is ignored and forgotten by history? What are our individual and collective roles in righting the wrongs of mythical memory as our sense of American history becomes more complete?

Guest speaker Joanna Winston Foley will bless us by recounting her persistent journey to commemorate the contributions of African Americans in winning the Revolutionary War. Their significant but little known contributions have been overlooked while her ancestor’s military role has been memorialized with a public monument. Here is a link to Joanna’s OpEd piece for Memorial Day in Greensboro last year.

There are two ways to attend this worship service:

  • In person: Worship service starts at 10:20 AM. We strongly recommend that you wear a mask while in the building. All are invited to stay after worship for Coffee Hour in Wendte Hall.
  • Via Zoom: Join the worship service and Virtual Coffee Hour from any internet browser or with the installed Zoom app. Closed captions will be provided. A Zoom account is not required. The first part consists of watching the live stream, and the second part continues our practice of online Coffee Hour. The virtual “doors” open at 10 AM and music commences at 10:20 AM. Refer to your Chalice Chatter or contact for Zoom details.

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On most Sundays right after the service, we have a quick Newcomer Welcome in the sanctuary — meet up with a church member in front by the pulpit, for a quick introduction to the church and answers to your questions — then join us in Wendte Hall for Coffee Hour.  If you attend via Zoom, you can stay in the Zoom session after the service for informal discussion in our Virtual Coffee Hour.

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