Happenings at Pebble Hill
We're hosting two Lenten studies this year. The Morning Forum during the Sundays of Lent (beginning February 18) is based on Debbie Irving’s book, Waking Up White, and Finding Myself in the Story of Race. This series follows up on the Thursday evening gatherings in fall 2017 based on Jim Wallis’ book, America’s Original Sin: Racism, White Privilege, and the Bridge to a New America. Participants from that group will help facilitate these Forum conversations. The fall 2017 series was truly transformational for those who participated. During Lent the Forum will run from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
On Thursday evenings in Lent - 6:00-7:30 p.m. - beginning February 22, there will be facilitated discussions of John Cobb’s book, Jesus’ Abba: The God Who Has Not Failed. Cobb, who is a preeminent 20/21st century theologian, offers a very personal story, calling us to recover anew today that sense of the presence of the God of the Bible, intimately embraced within the loyalty of the devotion of Jesus to his Abba, loving Father, who calls each of us to follow his lead forward in the building of the commonwealth/kingdom of compassion.
Fall 2018 Book Discussion: America’s Original Sin
About 20 Pebble Hill members and friends met through the fall to read and discuss Jim Wallis’ book, America’s Original Sin: Racism, White Privilege, and the Bridge to a New America. Our group was diverse racially, which all agree brought incredible strength and authenticity to our process. The best way to summarize our experience is that it opened doors for us: doors of perception and doors of understanding. These opening doors led us into deeper relationships with each other, and a growing desire to ‘do something’ to neutralize the negative effects racism has had and continues to have on our society. We have committed to taking more time in January to hammer out our thoughts about what those actions may entail. Some of the ideas we are considering include further book groups to continue to explore how racism plays out in our lives, creating opportunities to encourage more diversity in our congregation, and exploring ways of engaging with the wider community in like-minded efforts. But at this point, probably the most powerful impact this experience has had on us is that we all feel we are on the cusp of a journey of personal and communal significance and are looking forward to where we might go next!
Pebble Hill Presbyterian Church
5299 Jamesville Road
DeWitt, NY 13214
Office hours: Tue.- Fri., 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
9:30 a.m. - Worship Service
9:45 a.m. - Children's Worship
10:30 a.m. - Coffee Fellowship
11:00 a.m. - Christian Education for All Ages