October 2021 Program Series

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Ready to continue — or start — your journey towards anti-racism? We are too!

Please join us for LOPC’s October 2021 Program Series developed by the Rev. Riana Shaw Robinson:

God’s Grace in Our Stories: Spiritual Practices for Anti-Racism.

Four-week small group gatherings beginning the week of September 26, followed by a half-day retreat on October 30.

  • Sunday mornings 11:11 a.m. in-person at LOPC. Facilitated by Pastor Lauren Gully and Terry Clark.
  • Sunday mornings at 11:11 a.m. on Zoom with Sharon Campton (FULL)
  • Sunday mornings at 11:11 a.m. on Zoom (Facilitator tbd)
  • Sundays at 4:30 p.m. on Zoom with Randi and Herb Long
  • Sundays at 6:30 p.m. on Zoom with Nancy Henderson
  • Mondays at 6:00 p.m. on Zoom with Sharon Bartlett

 

  • Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. on Zoom with Diane Grant
  • Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. on Zoom with Sue Gibbons
  • Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. with Kaaren and Larry Rose (in person or on Zoom tbd)
  • Wednesdays at 4:00 p.m. in-person with Carole and Andy Amstutz
  • Thursdays at 7:00 p.m. on Zoom with Carl Grant
  • Fridays at 9:30 a.m. on Zoom with Ray Campton

 

As have many LOPC ministries this past year, the Spiritual Formation Team has focused on issues of anti-racism and how Spiritual Formation provides a unique way to engage this topic. Our work has led to a new program offering for the congregation entitled: God’s Grace in Our Stories: Spiritual Practices for Anti-Racism.

The series will begin with four weekly small-group gatherings starting the week of September 26. Groups of four or five will be led through guided exercises and dialogue by trained facilitators to explore personal experiences and responses to racism. From week to week, the topics will provide the opportunity to confidentially reflect upon individual and collective stories of race, power, privilege, and understandings of what is meant by white supremacy.

Engagement in these small groups will prepare participants for a half-day retreat on October 30, 2021. Our Series Coordinator, the Rev. Riana Shaw Robinson designed the small-group and retreat series so that we may grow in our faith as we work towards anti-racism.

The retreat will build upon the specific weekly exercises to help participants reflect on what we can learn individually and collectively from personal ethnic stories, as well as provide a scriptural basis to strengthen and inform individual and church community commitments to anti-racism in order to prepare participants to respond to God’s call to action.

The group days and times are listed below. Please choose a group that best fits your schedule. Please note that there is very limited space in each group. We will let you know if your chosen day/time is not available and ask for your flexibility should we need to move you to a different group. We will do our best to keep the schedule as updated as possible. In-person groups may also need to move to Zoom based on county health guidelines, we will make those changes as needed.

The Rev. Riana Shaw Robinson is a preacher, pastor, and prophet. She recently served as the Associate Pastor of Formation at Oakland City Church where she led efforts to help the community live more deeply into its anti-racist values. As the Minister of City Engagement, she expanded the church’s community partnerships and commitment to solidarity with marginalized communities in Oakland. Riana is ordained as a Minister of Word and Sacrament in the Reformed Church in America. She holds a Master of Divinity degree from Pacific School of Religion and a B.A. in Ethnic Studies from Mills College. Before stepping into vocational ministry, Riana worked at various non-profits focused on racial, social, and environmental justice.