This year, the Lenten calendar begins in mid February in the middle of what our cultural calendar designates as Black History Month. Beginning February 4th, we will honor both of these seasons with a special weekly true story and spoken word series presented by Myers Park United Methodist Church in partnership with Hannah and Shardae Hasan of Epoch Tribe. Each week, a video will first be released in the Missions department #livedifferently enewsletter. Sign up to receive it HERE. The videos will also be stored and accessible on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and here on our website.
We will also provide accompanying materials each week that will further engage, educate, and challenge you as you explore the themes of each story. At the end of the four week series, Epoch Tribe will host a virtual discussion on MARCH 4th to explore these themes and provide more information about the people and places highlighted in the poems. This will also be a safe space for open dialogue/discussion and action items for continued ways to learn and understand and get involved. Details to follow.
Via @epochtribe : The Black identity is vast and varied, but a commonality they all share is the striving to feel affirmed and beautiful in comparison to the standards of others. For some, the beauty of being Black is a process, a growth and a lesson. In Part 1 of In The Spirit of What Came Before, the theme is Gifting Self-Love. This piece explores the journey to self-love and the power of this self-affirmation in the world.