January 2019 – Minutes

CLJP Minutes January 8,  2019

Monticello Room, Westminster Canterbury

Present: Taylor Beard, Hal Horan, Dave Warren, Peter Weatherly, Bob McAdams, Chip Sanders, Bayard Catron, Ed Murray, Diane Murray, Carol Muntz, Burnie Davis, Jean Hammond.    Guest: Jim Hausmer.

Sanders opened with prayer and presided.

Sanders then gave an update on John Peale’s condition following his partial hip replacement. Sanders later reported via email the his condition has improved and that John’s sense of humor has “survived the surgery!” Always a hopeful indicator.    Continued prayers are welcome.

Warren reported that Carroll Houle was now a resident at Oak Grove Manor Assisted Living, 8 Rainbow Lane, Waynesboro, VA 22980-6242. Horan was directed to write a letter of appreciation to Houle for his many contributions. (A copy of the letter is attached with the minutes.)

The Minutes of the November 13, 2018 meeting prepared by Horan were approved.

(Note: the December 11 meeting was cancelled because of snow.)

Treasurer’s Report: Since the November 13 balance of 2,706.85, Beard reported an income of 120.00, consisting of dues paid by Weatherly and McDonald, and an expense of 100.00, for a memorial paid to Congregation Beth Israel, as a memorial in honor of Bill Gray’s wife, Antoinette, resulting in a balance as of January 8 of  2,726.85.

Beard also presented the Annual Financial Report 14th Year of Service listing an income from January 9, 2018 of 2,376.85 to January 8, 2019 of 2,726.85. A more detailed report is available upon request.

Announcements: McAdams provided the following:  Richmond Rally to enact Sensible Gun Laws, Martin Luther King Day, Monday, January 21, 2019.  Bus leaves at NOON from Meadows Presbyterian Church, 2200 Angus Rd.  After the rally we will meet with our representatives in the General Assembly.  Return to C’ville @ 6 PM.  The TICKETS for the bus are FREE!

For more information and sign up, contact Gay at 434-409-3324 or ccgvp1@gmail.com

Sponsored by the Charlottesville Coalition for Gun Violence Prevention, the League of Women Voters, the Charlottesville Center for Peace and Justice, the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence and the Presbyterian Church (USA)

PROGRAM: Deborah Rabia Povich, Vice President of the Charlottesville Clergy Collective, a representative and minister, referred to as a Cherag, in The Inayati Order, a universal Sufi community.

Rabia recommends looking at their website,  (https://www.cvilleclergycollective.org/  ) along with their Pilgrimage web site ( https://cville2jtown.weebly.com/  ) which covered their efforts to address racism in America. In October of this year they set up a journey “From Charlottesville to Jamestown” to “hear stories and untold histories, … build relationships and … identify common concerns that need to be transformed in order to bring about racial equity.”

The Charlottesville Clergy Collective is a group of clergy and interested lay persons who gather regularly to discuss and address the challenge of race relations in the Charlottesville and Albemarle region of Virginia.

The group is the brainchild of Rev. Dr. Alvin Edwards, Pastor of Mt. Zion First African Baptist Church in Charlottesville. After the tragic shooting at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina, Dr. Edwards wondered if the pastors in Charlottesville knew and trusted each other enough to organize a quick and coordinated response if such an event took place in Charlottesville. He had to admit that the answer was no.

Dr. Edwards then contacted clergy and lay leaders serving both black and white churches to gather for a breakfast. Out of that meeting, participants decided to meet regularly to befriend each other as well as lead their churches to address systemic racial challenges in the Charlottesville and Albemarle county.

Their Vision – The Charlottesville Clergy Collective seeks to be a God-centered faith community of prayer, solidarity, and impact within the Charlottesville-Albemarle Region of Central Virginia.

Their Mission – Our mission is to establish, develop, and promote racial unity within the faith leadership of the Charlottesville-Albemarle Region through fellowship, collaborative partnership, and relationship-building.

We fulfill our mission by:

  • Meeting regularly to foster mutual trust and open communication.
  • Engaging in group events to highlight issues of racial and social justice in our community.
  • Partnering with other community leaders to promote mutual cooperation between law enforcement, city government, and the faith leadership of this region.
  • Working together to support marginalized and historically under-served populations in our community.

This scribe strongly recommends our thorough examination of both the printed material and the videos posted on the blog of the web sites listed above.

The next time we gather will be Tuesday, February 12.  Horan will review the 2018 publication of Charlottesville 2017, a collection of essays by members of the UVA faculty taking a hard historical look at “the legacy of racial injustice from the use of slave labor to build the university to Lost Cause revisionism and massive resistance. They examine, too, our individual and collective responsibilities to advancing the principles of democracy and justice through dialogue that owns America’s past and faces its uncertain future.” A perfect follow-up to January’s inspired and informative speaker.

The meeting adjourned at  2:05 pm.

Respectfully submitted,

Hal Horan, Recording Secretary