Rector's Corner

A Racial Justice Event is coming to Radford August 17th.

This year is the 400th Anniversary of the arrival of the first Africans to be sold into bondage in North America: in 1619 at Jamestown.  Organizations throughout the country are calling for all Americans to commemorate this history.  One such organization, 400 Years Of Inequality is “calling on families, organizations, neighborhoods and cities to observe the anniversary by telling their stories of oppression and resistance.” The Episcopal Church is calling for lament.

Working with the Diocese of Virginia, our diocese has developed a series of events from Jamestown to Abingdon that follows the “Slavery Trail of Tears.” This is thought to follow such roads as Route 11 which were once trails used by pioneers and later by the slave trade taking slaves, usually by foot, through Virginia and on to the deep south to be resold.

Regional collaboration between the Diocese of Southwestern VA, Virginia Theological Seminary, and many community partners along the way has created a pilgrimage of gatherings for lament at sites which have stories along this trail. Radford is one of half a dozen such sites.

I have learned of two significant stories from this history. One is that when slaves (and this would have been a hundred years or more later) were brought through our region, some, in the absence of large enough ferries, were forced to cross the New River by wading or swimming. Some while shackled to each other.

Another more uplifting story is that the New River community, across the river from Radford, was an integrated community prior to emancipation in 1863. It consisted of freed Blacks and White share croppers who lived and worked side by side as a community. Some say that Radford remained less segregated than other southern towns because of this history.

Come to Bisset Park on Saturday, August 17th from 3:30 to 3:45 and hear Dr. Wornie Reed tell us more about this history and join in song, prayer and a litany of lament to commemorate this distressing part of our history. We are in collaboration with First Baptist Church, Rock Road as co-hosts of this leg of the pilgrimage. It is a great opportunity to join with our local African American brothers and sisters in prayer and friendship.

Peace and blessings,



August Mission
Red Door Campus Ministry

Red Door Ministry is our Campus Ministry at Radford University. The mission for July and August will be to help with additional support beyond what is provided by the Diocesan Higher Education Committee to continue its missional work among the collegiate community at Radford.

Donations received this month will go toward covering the costs of food items not otherwise provided on regular Monday Night meetings, outreach events, gifts given during finals week, and student attendance at retreats and work weekends at ministries like Boys Home and Grace House. This funding will also support other campus groups like UKirk.

Volunteers are needed for the Racial Justice event at Bisset park on Saturday Aug 17th: Meet at the church at 2:00 to help load the black folding chairs into a truck and/or at the Gazebo at the park to set up chairs at 2:30. We also will need to break down and return the chairs after the event. See Jennifer Hand or Bob Himmel for more information.

Becoming the Beloved Community Pilgrimage at Bisset Park August 17 starting at 3:30—Dr. Wornie Reed of Virginia Tech will be speaking

There will be a Parish Meeting at 11:00 on Sunday September 8 to discuss the continuation of Grace Rooms and Red Door campus ministry. Please make every effort to attend.

Mountain to Mountain Partnership (M2M)—The plan is to visit in late October or early November. Does a trip to Haiti sound interesting to you? Might you be interested in getting involved in this ministry? Please contact Jon Greene if you feel called ( 540-553-5846).

Adult Forum this Fall
9:15-10:15 on Sundays

First Sunday: Way of Love Joining God
Second Sunday: Deacon’s Hour
Third Sunday: “Episcopal 101” (Conformation)
Fourth Sunday: Bible Study

Preparing for Next Sunday
Isaiah 5:1-7
Psalm 80:1-2, 8-18
Hebrews 11:29-12:2
Luke 12:49-56

Isaiah's famous parable of the vineyard, whose message of judgment is couched in memorable poetic form, serves as the Old Testament reading for next week. The image of Israel as a vine, once flourishing but now ravaged, is elaborated in the verses selected from Psalm 80. In the epistolary reading from Hebrews, exemplars of faith from Israel's later history are presented as forerunners to Christ, the chief exemplar of faithful obedience. Some sharp-edged sayings of Jesus concerning judgment are found in the Gospel reading from Luke. In what ways do you relate to these themes of judgment, exemplars of faith and the metaphor of the grape vine?

Weekly Roles

Serving Grace August 18, 2019

Lay Eucharistic Minister
Michael Cluver (8a)
Jack Brockway (10:30a)

Paula Downs(8a)
Ann Walker (10:30a)

Terry McCraw and Terry Nester

Coffee Hour
Jack and Traci Brockway

Altar Guild
Sherri Carper, Beth Gaspard, and Jennifer Hand

Serving Grace August 11, 2019

Lay Eucharistic Minister
Michael Cluver (8a)
Mark Carper (10:30a)

Bob Himmel (8a)
Mark Carper (10:30a)

Tim Walker and Hank Johnson

Coffee Hour
Jim and Lee Slusher

Altar Guild
Sherri Carper, Beth Gaspard, and Jennifer Hand

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