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Take Me To The Water: Book and Faith Conversation

Join us on February 7th and February 21st for a 2-part conversation about race, the gospel, and our call to reconnect with our baptism.

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Starlette Thomas' Take Me to the Water: The Raceless Gospel as Baptismal Pedagogy for a Desegregated Church offers a critical look at baptism, the rite of passage meant to signify new birth, and the segregation of the North American church that began “down by the riverside.” Proclaiming the raceless gospel for an undivided “kin-dom” that is coming, this living epistle calls on its readers to submerge all hierarchical ways of being and belonging.

Dr. Starlette Thomas will be our guest preacher on February 25th. We will host her after worship service for a book and sermon talk back in the multipurpose room.

Register for this virtual opportunity: https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0pfuiuqTsvHtHgWH71tOf5nWogOi8KB1_n
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Buy the book: Take Me to the Water by Starlette Thomas, Paperback | Barnes & Noble® (barnesandnoble.com)

About the Author

Reverend Dr. Starlette Thomas is an author, activist, visual artist, race abolitionist and archivist. She is a womanist in ministry and a wilderness wanderer proclaiming a raceless “kin-dom” that is coming. Starlette regularly writes on the sociopolitical construct of race and its longstanding membership in the North American church as an associate editor and the director of The Raceless Gospel Initiative at Good Faith Media. Her podcast, The Raceless Gospel, takes her listeners to church and to a virtual church service where she and her guests tackle that taboo trinity— race, religion and politics. An unrepentant academician and bibliophile, Starlette graduated in May with a Doctor of Ministry degree from Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C. Her thesis is titled "Take me to the water": A raceless gospel as baptismal pedagogy for a desegregated church and is now a book.


Searching for Agabus: Book and Faith Study

We are kicking off 2024 with a 4-week book journey rooted in a story from the Acts of the Apostles!

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Written by Reverend Michael A. Walrond, Jr -- Senior Pastor of First Corinthian Baptist Church in New York, NY (FCBCNYC) and FCBCLA -- Searching for Agabus sits with an overlooked background figure in the grand narrative of the apostle Paul, Agabus (Acts 21:10-14), who bursts from the epistles with an audacious prophecy. "In a world where everyone wants to be the main character, Agabus remains a minor one with powerful relevance for today. Gleaning from Agabus's story, we can bravely be our authentic selves, honoring what God has assigned us to do, no matter how small or insignificant it seems." [Broadleaf Books]

In the book, Walrond dares us to be our authentic selves and to fulfill our callings in joyful anonymity, following in the footsteps of Agabus, who followed in the footsteps of Jesus. Who can we be and how can we transform our world if we dare to embrace a life of anonymity, authenticity, and service?

We look forward to welcoming Reverend Michael A. Walrond, Jr. back to Riverside DC on Sunday, February 4, 2024 for a sermon and talk back!


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