Our name connotes movement, fluidity, pilgrimage, and inclusion of those who do not want set answers or rigid systems, but who, instead, want to be in a moving changing relationship with God and each other.
Please join us as we join with the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival and work to change the systems that harm the poor and oppressed, as well as everyone else, and break down the barriers that divide us. Please spread the word far and wide – invite your friends, family, colleagues – our hope is to bring together as many of our sisters and brothers, and meet new friends as we bear witness and continue our journey toward justice for all.
Sunday evening Livestream – although we are not hosting the Sunday evening watch parties at this point, we encourage you to tune in and watch the livestream wherever you happen to be on Sunday evenings beginning at 6 p.m. The Sunday evening Mass Meetings are designed to prepare for the coming week’s action, generally an introductory time of singing and readings, then witness by impacted individuals (either live or via video) and the call to action by Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis and Rev. Dr. William Barber. Go to www.poorpeoplescampaign.org, and under the “actions” tab drop-down menu, click on “watch live.”
Monday Witness (to coincide with the day of national action by the PPC)
Raise awareness and spread the word – come to hold signs and stand for justice – make your own signs, bring the ones you already have, or use the ones being made each week at the church. Time frame is 4:30-6:30 p.m. – in order to catch the after work traffic on our blessedly busy corner in Belmont! If that time frame does not work for you but you’d like to participate – grab a friend or two (or ten) and if you need signs, we will have some. Come for 10 minutes or the whole time – an opportunity to get to know Sojourners and hopefully others who will begin to join us. Bring a hat, some water, and a chair – or borrow a stool or folding chair from the church – or sit on the bus stop bench.
Rally in Support of the Poor People’s Campaign – Join us on Saturday, June 23 from 12-3 (or any part of that time frame) to stand for justice in conjunction with the Poor People’s Campaign’s “Global Day of Solidarity and Sending Forth – Call to Action Mass Rally” in Washington, D.C. (currently scheduled from 10 am – 1 pm). We will join together in Charlottesville to promote justice by standing with signs as witness on our street corner, offering a space for prayer in the sanctuary and/or on the street, view the rally events in DC via livestream, as well as a slideshow with pictures from the 1958 Poor People’s Campaign and the 2018 Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival. This is a family friendly event including children’s activities and refreshments. Bring a sign, come and make a sign – or pick up one of the signs already made to stand for justice. Invite others in your neighborhoods, family, communities to join us as we stand for justice!
Thanks to Hannah Garrity for our beautiful Easter banners pictured here.
“For our embodied theme this Lenten season, Lauren Wright Pittman designed our Coloring Calendar layout. I wanted to tie the banner in with her original layout. Moving clockwise from the upper left, the images represent mind, body, heart, and soul. Creating a mid-tone in the mind quadrant, a gear pattern fills the space. It represents the continual processing of our thoughts. A pattern of various breads completes the body quadrant. The bread motif speaks to our Communion ritual wherein the body of Christ is illustrated by bread. This season we aim to use our bodies as part of our contemplative study. Our continual reflective journey is represented by diverse animal tracks inside the heart in the lower right. I imagined the footsteps of us all reflecting over a horizontal midline in the heart. Lastly, the soul permeates all other quadrants by appearing in the corners, just as God’s light within us glows in all aspects of our lives.” – Hannah Garrity
Sojourners joins with other churches for Holy Week…
Maundy Thursday March 29 | 6 pm | First United Methodist Church Passover Meal & Potluck | Living Last Supper Drama
Our evening will begin with a Passover Meal & Potluck Dinner. We will then move from the fellowship hall up to the sanctuary to view a dramatic interpretation of the Last Supper. Our evening will conclude with Holy Communion. If you wish to participate in the Passover Meal & Potluck Dinner, please pick up a ticket at church on Sunday, March 25. If you are not able to be in church to get a ticket, but would like to attend, please email the church office by March 26.
Good Friday March 30 | 7 pm | Hinton Avenue United Methodist Church Tenebrae Service & Prayer Vigil
A special service of hymns & readings that recalls Christ’s Passion and ends in darkness.
Holy Saturday Prayer Vigil March 31 | 6-7 pm | Hinton Avenue United Methodist Church
On Holy Saturday we have been invited to join the people of Hinton Avenue United Methodist Church to participate in their prayer vigil that begins at the end of the Good Friday service until Easter Morning.
Susan has signed up for the 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM prayer slot. She would love to have you join her for that hour of prayer. You would just be sitting with her in the silence of that moment.
We would meet at the Hinton Avenue parking lot.
Easter Morning April 1 | 6:30 am | Carter Mountain Orchard Sunrise Communion Service
Wake up early and join us on top of Carter Mountain to celebrate the risen Christ!
This year Lent began on Valentine’s Day/February 14 and Easter is on April Fools’ Day/ April 1. Our theme reflects the irony of these two days bookending the holy season of Lent and Easter. Such is the humor of God.
In the past Sojourners have gathered on Wednesday evenings for special programs during Lent. While this did not happen last year, we are inviting you into a journey of spiritual practice this year. Instead of Wednesday evening…you are encouraged to come and experience Thursday evening Vespers/Evening Prayer that is hosted every Thursday at 7:00 p.m. During Lent you will hear a reflection from someone in our community during the service. Each week someone will bring a symbol that represents God’s love as they understand that and then share one foolish thing they would be willing to do for God.
Lent is a time for adding on a spiritual practice. Some people designate a day of fasting during their week. Some people eliminate a certain food from their diet. Some are intentional about a volunteer opportunity or they explore a variety of methods of prayer. While individual practice is very good for our own faith formation…gathering for a communal experience is also enriching for the journey.
“Five years in the making and the winner of more than 25 awards, Brother Outsider illuminates the public and private lives of Bayard Rustin, a visionary activist and strategist who has been called ‘the invisible man’ of the civil rights movement. A tireless crusader for justice, a disciple of Gandhi, a mentor to Martin Luther King, Jr., and the architect of the legendary 1963 March on Washington, Rustin dared to live as an openly gay man during the fiercely homophobic 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s. Brother Outsider reveals the price that Rustin paid for this honesty, chronicling both the setbacks and triumphs of his remarkable 60 year career.”
The screening of this documentary is being sponsored by the Education Committee of the Charlottesville Clergy Collective Pilgrimage to Jamestown Event. Free and open to the public on Sunday, January 28, at 3:00 pm at Sojourners.
This year’s Mystery of Christmas was narrated by one of our children and the kids played most of the parts in the pageant as well as helping to light the Advent wreath and singing “Children, Go Where I Send Thee.” Our pastor gifted all participants, young and old, with these elf caps.
Are you concerned about gun violence? Attend the screening of this documentary at Sojourners, December 1 at 7:00 pm. Katie Couric is the narrator and executive producer. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn more about the issue. Constructive follow-up resources and activities will be provided. FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.