May 25, 2018

Building a Bigger Table June 1-3 (Please Register!)

We are so excited to let you know that Parkway will be presenting a compassionate and progressive Christian voice by hosting author John Pavlovitz on the first weekend of June!

 

How Raleigh’s John Pavlovitz Went from Fired Megachurch Pastor to Rising Star of the Religious Left

 

May 2, 2018 PRESS RELEASE

Contact: Kevin Cameron, Pastor, Parkway United Church of Christ (314) 872-9330; Kevin@parkwayucc.org

Author John Pavlovitz events hosted by Parkway UCC June 1-2

St. Louis, MO – Parkway United Church of Christ (UCC) is proud to host author John Pavlovitz for three events for the St. Louis community.

 

John Pavlovitz is a pastor, writer, and activist from Wake Forest, North Carolina. In the past four years, his blog Stuff That Needs To Be Said has reached a diverse worldwide audience. He lives his commitment to energized, all-inclusive, and authentic interfaith relationships. A 20-year veteran in the trenches of local church ministry, Pavlovitz is committed to equality, diversity, and justice—both inside and outside faith communities. He is the author of A Bigger Table, and his new book Hope and Other Superpowers will be published in November 2018.

 

The public is encouraged to attend these interfaith conversations focused on building compassionate, inclusive community. The events are free and will be held at Parkway UCC, 2841 N. Ballas Road, St. Louis 63131 (near Missouri Baptist Medical Center); please register via Eventbrite for planning purposes.

 

Building a Bigger Table -Friday, June 1, 7:00-9:00 pm
H
ow can we extend unconditional welcome and acceptance in a world increasingly marked by bigotry, fear, and exclusion? How can we create spiritual communities that are big enough for everyone? What is the path forward in days that seem more hostile to diversity? Join Pavlovitz for a hopeful time of storytelling, encouragement, and honest conversation, about setting the table for a new, more loving expression of faith and community.  

Register at https://bit.ly/2HO6ReV

 

 

Rebounding from Compassion Fatigue – Saturday, June 2, 9:30-11:30 am
To be compassionate is to bleed, to feel deeply for the damage around you and to be moved to respond. This is a beautiful and invaluable instinct, but it is costly, too. There is a toll the trauma of the world takes on us when we seek to step into that dangerous space and to work for healing and justice. In days when so much need is at our doorsteps and on our news feeds, how do we attend to it all without becoming overwhelmed and consumed by it? How do we avoid becoming martyrs of our own hearts? Join this workshop-style authentic conversation on how to be safely burdened with the pain of this world, and what to do when you’ve exhausted your resources. Check in 9:00-9:30 am.

Please register in advance at https://bit.ly/2HMWFmy

 

 

Uniting Student Activists – Saturday, June 2, 7:30-9:30 pm
The efforts of student activists are finally being recognized on a national level. How do you engage activism that embraces your values? We will also talk about youth disillusionment, frustration, and hope surrounding our country’s social and political climate. The evening will include food, coffee, music, and opportunities to connect, heal, and plan.

Register at https://bit.ly/2rhu8vm

 

 

Parkway United Church of Christ is a joyful, compassionate, and inclusive community located at 2841 North Ballas Road, St. Louis 63131, just south of the intersection of Highways 270 and 40, and just north of the intersection of Ballas and Clayton Roads. Please visit our website at www.parkwayucc.org or email kevin@parkwayucc.org.

The United Church of Christ and Parkway UCC celebrate an extravagant welcome for all, “no matter who you are or where you are on life’s journey. This is why we insist that God’s communion table is open to all, not closed to any, and God’s gift and claim in baptism are irrevocable,” according to UCC.org, the denomination’s website. “We advocate justice for all. Our congregations extend hospitality as a sign of God’s inclusive love. We teach that evangelism — offering bread to those in search of it — is God’s mission. Our perspective is global, not provincial. We work with — not against — people of other faiths. Because God is still speaking.” The United Church of Christ is a mainline denomination with more than one million members in 5,000 congregations in the United States.