Moving Forward: A Global Pandemic, Racial Injustice, and Church Leadership in a Time of Crisis

In late May, as stay at home orders were beginning to lift, faith leaders were faced with the question about how, if, and when to transition to in-person worship. Then racism reared itself once again for public display with the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery. Pastors are navigating worship, pastoral care, service to the community, proclamation, advocacy, and the very survival of their congregation – all in the face of longstanding injustices with new manifestations. How do we move forward? Join us for a two part series to gain insights and resources about faithful ministry during these trying times.

We are bringing together our church mobilization and pilgrimage programs for this special event series. It is a continuation of the Pilgrimage Through the Pandemic series and a vision of the East Durham Vital Worship Movement, a collective of seven churches in East Durham who are spending the next year reflecting on how local history impacts worship. Your hosts will be Pilgrimage Director Tammy Rodman, and Church Mobilization Officer, Georie Bryant.


Part one of the Moving Forward Series:

Rev. Dr. Jonathan C. Augustine, Pastor, St. Joseph AME Church
James Sansom, Faith Based Sector Director, Self-Help
Amber E. Burgin, Community Health Educator, North Carolina Central University