One of the goals of the Peace and Justice Taskforce of First Presbyterian Church Spartanburg is to provide educational opportunities for our congregation, both within and outside of the walls of our church, to help each of us grow in understanding of the complex issues surrounding our faith and equity. These topics are often hot-button conversations that divide us. When we seek to learn, we are opening ourselves to understanding.

In October, we celebrate World Wide Communion. When we come to the Table, we gather as Christ’s family. Perhaps as we come to the Table this year, we might stop to think about the others in our own Spartanburg community who are gathering around this same family meal and realize we are all the same at our core…beloved children of God, created in God’s own image, called to live into the Imago Dei.

October’s Spotlight is on Speaking Down Barriers. This group is well-established and respected in our area and across the country. Each month they host a number of meetings designed to help participants more clearly see and understand the injustice in our lives and communities. Prayerfully consider joining one or more of these gatherings, which are at the moment, still virtual. You will find folks beyond the confines of the Upstate participating in these dialogues. In the spirit of seeking to learn and understand, below are the links to several excellent community events and books listed for suggested reading.

http://www.speakdownbarriers.org/reading-for-transformation.html This is the link to all of the books being read for the 2020-2021 year. Books are available at Hub City Books. Discussion of books is the 4th Monday of each month from 12:00 noon-1:00 pm and 7:00-8:00 pm.

http://www.speakdownbarriers.org/communitygatherings.html This link contains links to all of the community events. Click on the title of the event for more information.