May 2019 – Minutes

CLJP Minutes May 14  2019

Monticello Room, Westminster Canterbury

Present: Peter Weatherly, Bob McAdams, Hal Horan, Ed Murray, Diane Murray, Burnie Davis, Jim Hassmer, Bill Gray, Dave Warren  

Guest: Deborah Rabia Povich, Vice President of the Charlottesville Clergy Collective

Ed Murray opened with prayer and presided, reminding members of the continued need of prayers for member John Peale and Co-Chair Chip Sanders, and suggesting telephone visitations.

The Minutes of the April 9  meeting prepared by Horan were approved with the correction noting Hassmer’s membership at that time.

Treasurer’s Report: Since the April 9 balance of 2,731.85, Beard, in a letter, reported a   an addition of 120.00 in dues paid by Warren and Horan, resulting and a balance as of May 14 of 2,851.85.   


McAdams reminded members of the upcoming June 11primaries and suggested 947 the Progressive Voice of Charlottesville as a good means of securing information on each candidates positions on the issues facing city, county and state.   

Deborah Rabia Povich invited the members to an event sponsored by the Charlottesville Collective on May 23, 6 to 8 pm at the Jefferson School—“A Conversation Toward Reconciliation,” encouraging clergy and congregants to look deeply into the church history of which they are members.

Program: From March 5 through April 9, the Rev. Bates taught a course for Ollie, Christianity and Race: An Investigation. The course description, in his own words, follows:

“Of the world’s recognized religions, Christianity remains the preeminent religious architecture in the world.  With its ‘absolute’ power to control, influence, and manipulate thought, action, and behavior, no societal construct is immune to its effects.  Veritable written and oral accounts continuously show how Christianity’s ‘handlers’ have manipulated it’s doctrines to justify oppression, appropriate lands, legalize violence, and subjugate peoples, especially peoples of color.

As a Faith Leader who lives daily with the contradiction of ‘promoting the ‘ideal,’ while simultaneously ‘confronting the ‘reality,’ I will seek to present (through handouts, slide presentations, articles and in-class discussion) this perspective in order to understand how Christianity is still used to promote and manipulate racial thought, biases, and behavior.”

Lehman Bates is Pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church in Charlottesville. Pastor Bates has over thirty years in ministry, international travel, and local outreach as Pastor, Certified Counselor, and spiritual advisor to local decision makers. He is also a leading member of the Charlottesville Collective.  

Bates described the subject of the course in three words, information, introspection, and inspiration.

The first, information was voluminous in the technicolored handouts to see, the slide presentations to share, the articles to take home and digest, covering pre-Christian religions, the birth of Christianity, the formation of the Bible, the papal church, the Holy Roman empire. And, in America: the indigenous populations, the ‘control’ mechanisms, and the resultant backlash. And, in Virginia: the indigenous folks, race, religion, law, and eugenics. The 6 weeks of 90 minute evenings ended with a look at the happenings in Charlottesville, August 11 and 12.  

Information, Introspection, Inspiration.

Retrospective directed to the past; contemplative of past situations, events, etc.

 Introspective characterized by introspection, the act or process of looking into oneself; vulnerable

The meeting adjourned at 2:10 pm

Respectfully Submitted,  

Hal Horan, Recording Secretary