The Christian Education Committee is excited to announce that Oakhurst member and veteran pastor Wesley Shipp will be offering a School class beginning on Sunday, September 11th. called "In the Eye of the Storm: Crossing Cultures in Church." It will begin at 9:30 am in room 300.
Wesley will draw on his pastoral experience in four congregations over several decades: in Wake Forest, NC, where their family home was shot up over their welcoming of racial inclusion, and the Raleigh newspaper declared them "In the Eye of the Storm"; in Louisville, KY, where Wesley led a white congregation seeking to reach out to their African-American neighbors to a 40/60 racial balance; in Elizabeth, NJ, where a once majority-white congregation grew to include immigrants from several African nations and ethnic groups; and in San Jose, CA, where a Baptist church opened itself up to members of the transgender community.
As we ponder what it means to be a Christian community and a nation that crosses cultural lines, this is an opportunity to dialogue with someone who has led the way.
The class will begin on and run through late October.