The Trust Initiative: Law Enforcement and Making Amends, a Groundbreaking Program

High Street Church Zoom Worship with Steve Lynn
November 22, 2020



Steve Lynn, member of High Street, and Chief of Police in Perry, Georgia will be speaking on the Trust Initiative. This is a program instituted through the auspices of the International Association of Chiefs of Police. Perry Police Department volunteered to be one of a handful of GA law enforcement agencies to implement this program which examines issues of past and present marginalization within the minority community, and works to develop ways to make amends and move forward.

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Global Healing Comes From Global Learning

High Street Church Zoom Worship with – Rev. Sarah Oglesby November 22, 2020



Rev. Sarah shares her experiences traveling with youth to the annual Spring seminar held by the UU United Nations Office in NYC and the importance of this work. From the study of inequality (racial and economic), to disarming the planet, from the role of gender discrimination and intersectional oppression to the experiences of millions of people migrating around the globe and living as refugees, as well as examining the impact of climate and environmental crises, intergenerational learning that is also international and intersectional offers a glimpse at what it means to engage global issues that affect our entire planet.

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From Liminality to Luminescence: Congregational Transitions and Transformations

High Street Church Zoom Worship with – Rev. Sarah Oglesby November 15, 2020



Rev. Sarah looks at what’s ahead for High Street as High Streeters move through a time of transition into an unknown future. Diwali, the Indian Hindu festival of lights celebrated at this time of year offers a symbol of lights that illuminate our journey, ensuring we reach our destination and affirming all that is life-giving and bringing a quality of deeper understanding to our lives. How can we light the way for High Street on this journey?

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Beyond Elections

High Street Church Zoom Worship with – Rev. Sarah Oglesby November 8, 2020



Without knowing what we will be facing on November 8, we know with certainty that we will need to be developing a way forward, together. Rev. Sarah and Lori Johnson plan to lead us in a Sunday service that holds this moment with care and looks for what we are called to do–for ourselves, for each other, for our shared future.

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Day of Remembrance: Death and Dying with DIgnity…even in a Pandemic

High Street Church Zoom Worship with – Rev. Sarah Oglesby and Hetty Jardine, November 1, 2020

We will take time to lift the names of people we’ve lost this year and grief that remains with us from previous years. We will look at how we can prepare for death and dying and what we need from each other when we are grieving and when we are facing our own mortality.

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Apology, Forgiveness, and Restoration: Listening to Transform Our Relationships

High Street Church Zoom Worship with – Rev. Sarah Oglesby, October 25, 2020

We’ve created covenants but now how do we keep them, or return when we’ve broken them? How do we know when to apologize, when to forgive, and how can we restore relationships that have been torn, sometimes despite our best intentions? Deep listening is a tool we haven’t used enough! We will explore restorative justice and practices as tools for developing better skills for our own lives and for institutions that thrive. As poet William Stafford says :

“If you don’t know the kind of person I am/
and I don’t know the kind of person you are/
a pattern that others made may prevail in the world/
and following the wrong god home we may miss our star.”

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Protest As Prayer: Transformed by Courageous Love

High Street Church Zoom Worship with – Rev. Sarah Oglesby, October 18, 2020

The tools we need to transform our communities are the tools of courageous love. Although we think of protest and prayer as different tools, what if we could see protest as a form of prayer and prayer as a form of protest? Rev Sarah Oglesby-Dunegan shares her experiences of the intersections between prayer and protest and the power of courageous love to transform each of us and all of us as people and communities working for justice and peace.

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Listening Ourselves Into Being

High Street Church Zoom Worship with – Rev. Sarah Oglesby, October 11, 2020

How spiritual practices and storytelling connect us to the holy within–to God, to Spirit, and to Inner Knowing or intuition–and help us find new wellsprings of power that bring healing, deeper relationship with one another, and a capacity for change that is desperately needed.

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Cultivating Peace and Gratitude

High Street Church Zoom Worship with – Rev. Sarah Oglesby, September 27, 2020

Here at the end of the month we’ll draw from International Peace Day and World Gratitude Day to explore practices of renewal that impact our spiritual lives and our shared communal lives by developing a sense of gratitude and a commitment to the work of peace-building.

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Awakening Authenticity: The Ram’s Horn and the Call to Wake Up

High Street Church Zoom Worship with – Rev. Sarah Oglesby, September 20, 2020

Join us as we explore what it means to awaken our own authenticity. What’s possible when we engage the practice of starting anew together? “The Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah, is the beginning of the first day of the new year and its central feature is the blowing of the ram’s horn. This horn is not, nor has it ever been, a musical instrument. It emits only a harsh blast, a wailing, groaning, threatening, annoying, and frightening cry. The blowing of the ram’s horn at the start of the new year is a hint to sleepers to awake from their slumber, it is a call to examine their souls and improve their ways. The ram’s horn therefore is not intended to beguile the ear, but to arouse, shock, provoke those who sleep…[it’s an] awakening of the capacity to be oneself instead of a copy of advertisements, or neighbors, even of oneself when younger and more authentic.”
https://parabola.org/2018/12/31/the-new-year-by-rabbi-adin-steinsaltz/

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