Understanding our Changing World

Raising awareness

Part of our mission as Christians is to stay informed, understand our world and raise awareness with others so that we may serve more effectively. We continue to explore how we as a community can learn about other faiths, combat racism in ourselves and engage in conversations with people whose belief systems are very different from ours. To that end, we engage with other like-minded organizations in bringing seminars, book studies and lectures to Saint James. Next up is our screening of The Sultan and the Saint followed by a discussion on how to have the difficult conversations with love, sensitivity and acceptance. 

The Sultan and the Saint*

June 10, 5 – 7 PM in the Forum Room/Parish House
The Sultan and The Saint
tells one of the great lost stories from history as two men of faith fought against a century of war and distrust in a search for mutual respect and common ground.

The evening begins with a simple dinner. A main course and beverages will be provided. Anyone who wishes can sign up here to bring a side dish or dessert. It is not necessary to bring a dish in order to attend. Please RSVP so we can plan for the evening.

Following the docu-drama, our own Br. David and Fr. Kevin Crinks from St. Mary the Virgin Church will lead us in a discussion as we continue our exploration of how to have difficult conversations with love and spread peace and understanding by acceptance.

* Please note: This drama is rated PG13 and is not suitable for young children. The documentary is 58 minutes long.

About our Discussion Leaders

Fr. Kevin Crinks, OSF serves as priest at St Mary the Virgin Church, Leigh in the Diocese of Manchester, England, having been ordained 25 years. Fr. Kevin has been involved in Franciscan communities for several years and joined the Order of Saint Francis in 2013. He lives in the Vicarage in Leigh, Lancashire with his dog Brian.

Br. David Rutledge, member of our own Saint James Episcopal Church in Lancaster, PA also joined the Order of Saint Frances in 2013 and serves our parish and others by leading daily prayer and being our ALERT liaison. Br. David is currently involved in organizing a mission trip to Puerto Rico.



Archived seminars, book studies and lectures

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