Documentary Film: 13th by Ava DuVernay

This Sunday, February 19, following the 11 am service and in honor of Black History Month, we will show the acclaimed documentary film 13th, which centers on race in the American criminal justice system, in the parish hall. Ava DuVernay, director of the film Selma, titled the film after the Thirteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution which outlawed slavery.  We are delighted Ms. Diane Pollard, member of the Diocesan Reparations Committee, will join and help focus and stimulate our discussion.  We will provide lunch for those attending, but we need to know how many that will be! If you are planning to attend please email Fr. Ed at fatherchinery@ascensionnyc.org or call the office. We need to hear from you by noon this Friday (2/17) to place the order.

The New Jim Crow returns on Thursdays:  March 2, April 6 and May 4 at 6:45 pm. On the first Thursday evening in each of the next three months, we will continue our study of The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in an Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander. This will be a break from our regularly scheduled Bible study, but we hope to consider these issues, as theologian Karl Barth is reported to have said, “with the Bible in one hand and the newspaper in the other.” We had a great discussion in February; we ask that you arrive at the March session having read chapters 2 and 3. Please read and join us, even if you cannot come for all sessions. For more information, please speak to Mother Liz.