August 14, 2020

Welcome to St. Bede's E-News! 

We hope that this weekly offering will keep you up-to-date on the latest information from the parish and from around the diocese

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St. Bede's Announcements

Online Worship  
for Sunday, August 16, 2020
The Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost
10 am - Morning Worship on Zoom
Join us for Morning Prayer on Zoom 
and we will attempt to live stream 
to the St. Bede's YouTube page.  
(If the live stream does not work, 
we will post the recording to our YouTube page later.)

1 pm - Worship in Spanish
Join us for Sunday Worship in Spanish by following the link below.

Querida Comunidad de San Beda, Unase a nosotros a orar. Nuestro servicio en español es los domingos a la 1 p.m. a través de Facebook live. Bendiciones, Padre Fabio Sotelo. Aqui esta el enlace. Los esperamos.  
Bendiciones, Padre Fabio Sotelo.

8 pm - Compline on Zoom
End your Sunday by joining others from St.Bede's 
in the quiet evening prayer form known as Compline.
We usually take a few moments at the end to catch up as well.
Information about how to join 
Morning Worship, Adult Formation, & Compline on Zoom
will be sent out in a separate email 
and will be posted to the St. Bede's website 
by Saturday afternoon.
There is always a call-in (from a regular telephone) option for 
all worship, fellowship, and meeting opportunities 
that are offered on Zoom.

Popcorn Theology on Zoom
Saturday, August 22
7:00 - 8:00 p.m.

We'll be watching The Hate U Givewhich is based on the #1 New York Times Bestselling Young Adult novel written by Jackson, Mississippi author Angie Thomas.  The story is about 16 year old Starr Carter who moves between 2 worlds: the poor black neighborhood in which she lives with her family and the fancy suburban prep school she attends.  The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend, Khalil, at the hands of a police officer.  Khalil was unarmed.  Facing pressures from all sides, Starr must find her voice and stand up for what is right.  Spoiler alert:  along the way and in the end, Starr and her family choose nonviolence and love.  PG-13, a little less than 2 hours without the end credits.  The novel was published in 2017 (I have read the book and recommend it.)  The film was released in 2018 and stars Common, Amanda Stenberg, Regina Hall, Russell Hornsby, Anthony Mackie and K.J. Apa.

Please plan to watch the movie between now and Saturday August 22nd . Here are the ways you may watch the movie:

 the DVD is available to rent from Netflix.  (Perhaps on Redbox too?)  But not to stream on Netflix.
~ the movie may be streamed on Hulu
~ the movie may be streamed on Amazon Prime

two other options:
~ Lynnsay Buehler has a copy that she is able to loan 
~ Molly Graves has a copy she will loan as well

We'll meet on one of the St. Bede's Zoom accounts from 7-8 the evening of August 22nd  (the invitation will be emailed before the gathering) to share our insights, to reflect on where we saw and heard God in the movie, to share our connections with the content of the movie and we'll end our time together with Compline.

Everyone is invited to participate.  Pop some popcorn and join us!

Please RSVP to mdiguette@stbedes.org to receive the Zoom invitation.

Donating Blood During the Pandemic

by Deacon Nora
Since our church is unable to host a blood drive due to the pandemic, below is a link to the Red Cross to find places where you  can donate.  Once you are their website click on "give blood" and follow the directions.  It's really easy.  I have used it several times.  Hope this will help and thanks for donating.   If you have any questions call me at 770-265-5744.

NEW - Sacred Ground Circle

Sacred Circle: A Justice and Faith Group beginning in September
Beginning in September a group will meet every two weeks on Thursday nights (7:00-9:00 pm) to explore a new program developed by the Episcopal Church called 
Sacred Ground: A Film Based Dialogue Series on Race & Faith. This group takes the place of the Just Faith group and will be called Sacred Circle.

In our exploration together we will read the books, Jesus and the Disinherited by Howard Thurman and Waking Up White, And Finding Myself in the Story of Race by Debby Irving. We will also watch videos together, and read articles and essays from many different writers.

Muriel Diguette, Molly Graves, and Miriam Needham will co-facilitate this group beginning with an opening retreat (via Zoom) on Saturday, September 12th beginning at 10:00am. We will then meet on Thursday nights through May.

Space is limited so please let us know if you are interested soon.

If you are interested in making a commitment or have any questions, please contact one of the three co-facilitators.
Muriel Diguette                  digfam@att.net
Molly Graves                     mollygraves724@gmail.com
Miriam Needham              maneedham@yahoo.com


NEW - Weekly Resources for Healing Racism

"A short family guide to supporting racial justice now"
"If for any reason you don't feel safe going out right now, there are many ways you and your family can join in the work of racial justice from home, which is where we always begin. . . . Parents, our children learn most from what we do, so let's do this together."

Wendy Claire Barrie is an Episcopal children's minister whose character and work I deeply admire. As our children, grandchildren, and young friends begin to engage again with their teachers and classmates at school, consider reading this article and choosing one resource to share with the children and youth in your life. The example and words of grandparents and older relatives are especially influential here, as I have seen in the lives of my own children. 

Alyssa Sali (she/her)
Director of Children's and Family Ministries
St. Bede's Episcopal Church, Atlanta

- resources are being compiled by Alyssa Sali


Neither the Episcopal church nor the parish of St. Bede's is new to the complicated and often halting journey of seeing, naming and rooting out the racism that has been part of our movement since its beginning. Our country is having what seems to be a moment of clarity about the legacy and perseverance of racism. What about us? Is this an inflection point, a point where we will individually and collectively choose (or choose again) to see, name, and root out racism in a renewed and sustained way? 

Like many of you, I, Alyssa, am working through the many resources I am finding online--book lists, calls to action, opportunities to demonstrate or sign petitions or give money.

At this time, I am especially grateful for what the Episcopal tradition offers us. Encouraged by a conversation with one of the parents of small children here at St. Bede's, I have begun gathering Episcopal resources to call us, inform us, challenge us, form us, and keep us on the long journey of ending and healing racism. 

Each week St. Bede's will offer a short resource for us to consider on our own journeys to healing racism in our personal lives, in our congregation and faith tradition, in our community and country, and in our world. Each resource will be gathered together at stbedes.org at Ministries:Growing:Healing Racism

NEW - Healing Our Racism Book Discussion Group
New Meeting Time - 4th Monday of each month at 2:00 pm 

Please join Muriel Diguette and other members/friends of St. Bede's to discuss current books pertaining to the issues of racism and white privilege.
We will meet the 4th Monday of each month at 2:00 pm.

For our August meeting on August 24th we will be reading How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. KendiIbram X. Kendi's concept of antiracism reenergizes and reshapes the conversation about racial justice in America--but even more fundamentally, points us toward liberating new ways of thinking about ourselves and each other. Instead of working with the policies and system we have in place, Kendi asks us to think about what an antiracist society might look like, and how we can play an active role in building it. 

In his memoir, Kendi weaves together an electrifying combination of ethics, history, law, and science--including the story of his own awakening to antiracism--bringing it all together in a cogent, accessible form. He begins by helping us rethink our most deeply held, if implicit, beliefs and our most intimate personal relationships (including beliefs about race and IQ and interracial social relations) and reexamines the policies and larger social arrangements we support. How to Be an Antiracist promises to become an essential book for anyone who wants to go beyond an awareness of racism to the next step of contributing to the formation of a truly just and equitable society.

If you wish to join the conversation, please email Muriel at digfam@att.net and she will send you the Zoom link.
If you want to go ahead and order books for future discussions:
September 21: White Rage, The Unspoken Trust of Our Racial Divide by Carol Anderson
October 26: White Picket Fences, Turning Toward Love in a World Divided by Privilege by Amy Julis Becker
November 23: White Fragility, Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk about Racism by Robin Diangelo
December 28: Passionate for Justice: Ida B. Wells as Prophet for Our Time by Catherine Meeks & Nibs Strope

In Our Prayers

Julie Mizell
Mary Sommers, sister of Barbara Helms
The Akinbiyi Family
The Cannon Family
Aree Bancroft
Laura Ribas
Jane Wiggins
Hilda Bell
Willie Diaz
Tim Waring
Peggy Allen, mother of Lisa Main
Ray Lampros
Gwen Cordner
Arlene Means, sister of Larry Bing
Maggie Williams
Mary Rodriguez
Hollis Pickett
Margie Klein, mother of Jody Klein
Ed Bennett, brother-in-law of Laura Martin
Anita Maloof
Lynn Edgar, mother of Beth Cannon
Nancy Waring
John Branan
Kerry Penney
Patrick Newberry, son of David Newberry, 
            stepson of Gretchen Berggren
Mark Ahlfinger, son of Jean Ahlfinger 
Carolyn Branan, mother of John Branan
Andy Matia, friend of Ann Foote
Brooke & Taylor Harty, granddaughters of Nancy Waring
Jim Ohl
Frances Bowen
Max Carpenter, grandson of Sarra David
Judy Penney, sister-in-law of Kerry Penney
Sydney Lund
Ann Foote
Helen Abraham
Cameron Maddox

We pray for those who have died:

Charles Gardner
David Newberry

We remember and give thanks for 
the life of Andrew West
son of David & Martha West
on the 21st anniversary of his death.

We give thanks for those celebrating birthdays this week
       8/17:   Will Tate
       8/17:   Maria Saavedra
       8/17:   Garrett Fraser
       8/18:   Mary Scanlan
       8/19:   Pat Callaway
       8/19:   Edwin Mata
       8/20    Julia Dalbom
       8/20:   Barbie Olsen
       8/20:   Laura Ribas
       8/22:   Dewayne Smith
We rejoice at the birth of Nathaniel Charles Sijuade Akinbiyi,
born to Rachel Hadler and Takintope Akinbiyi,
grandson of Steve and Claudia Hadler.


Mostly Mysteries Book Group on Zoom

The Mostly Mysteries Book Group is continuing to meet on Zoom. If you would like to take part, please contact Connie Coralli and she will send you the link.

The August meeting will meet on Monday, August 24th at 7:15 pm, and the group will discuss The Black House by Peter May.

For more information, please contact Connie at conniecoralli@gmail.com


Update on Women's and Non-binary Folks' Retreat

After cancelling our Sept. 2020 retreat, we were offered the opportunity to move the retreat to Sept. 24-26, 2021 and we accepted that offer, which allows us not to lose our deposit.  Hopefully it will be safe for us to gather by then and we can have a joyous celebration!  We are hopeful that Laura Bryant will still be our keynote speaker and we've been in touch with her, but of course, none of us know what things will be like over a year for now.  Let us know if you have questions.  Connie Coralli  & Molly Graves, Retreat Committee Co-chairs.

Vestry Establishes 
Community Emergency Assistance Fund

In addition to all of the wonderful ways that the Community Engagement Team is leading us in supporting community ministry partners (locally, churchwide, and globally) during this critical time, the Vestry has established a Community Emergency Assistance Fund to help people within the greater St. Bede's community with food assistance during the current public health crisis.  This fund will be administered confidentially by the clergy in a similar way as their normal discretionary funds, but will be used exclusively to help with food assistance during this crisis.  

If you would like to contribute to this fund you may do so through Realm Giving and selecting "Community Emergency Assistance Fund" from the "Fund" drop-down menu. You may also mail a gift to St. Bede's designated for "Community Emergency Assistance Fund".

UPDATE of August 13: We have distributed over $2,500 in assistance though food and utility support for individuals and families so far during the current public health crisis. The current balance of the fund stands at around $1,900 and new needs continue to present themselves.  A dedicated group of members work with Fabio to help identify need and deliver food.  Thank you to all who have contributed!

If you have questions about this offering to the greater St. Bede's community or if you are in need of food assistance or know someone who is, please contact either the Rev'd Caroline Magee or the Rev'd Fabio Sotelo.

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Welcome to For People, a conversation with Bishop Rob Wright, spiritual leader to the more than 50,000 people in the 117 worshipping communities of the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta. In this podcast, Bishop Wright meets listeners at the crossroads of faith and life to explore the challenges of an ever-changing world. Listen in to find out how he expands on his For Faith devotional, draws inspiration from the life of Jesus to answer 21st-century questions.

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