Reconciliation with God and Others

“The whole Christian message is about the possibility and wonder of being reconciled to God, and then how we live that out with other people. Especially during these times of division among people, and cynicism about God, this joy of living a reconciled life with God and others is more important than ever.” – Dr. James C. Howell

Six programs in January and February will deepen the churchwide conversation sparked by these days of unrest, and a yearning to do something about it. The theme, Dr. Howell says, is Reconciliation With God And Others.


Monday, February 27, 7:00 p.m., Jubilee Hall.

Dr. Christena Cleveland, professor of the Practice of Reconciliation at Duke Divinity School and author of Disunity in Christ: Uncovering the Hidden Forces that Keep us Apart, will share her dual perspective as a sociologist and theologian on why we suffer divisions in the church on issues like race, homosexuality, and politics, and how we might understand, love and come together as one Body.

Past Events

Monday, January 9, 7:00 p.m., Jubilee Hall.

Dr. Howell, and a couple of surprise guests, will share their Favorite Bible Stories About Healing, Forgiveness And Reconciliation – and why they might bring hope and richer relationships to us.

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Tuesday, January 17, 7:00 p.m., Jubilee Hall.

Rev. Brenda Tapia, founder of Davidson College’s Love of Learning program, will lead us in Everything You Wanted To Know About Black People, But Were Afraid To Ask. She will answer anonymous questions, frankly, theologically, and with good humor, to help us understand our African-American brothers and sisters.

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Monday, January 30, at 7:00 p.m. and Tuesday, January 31, 11:00 a.m., Francis Chapel.

Rev. Matt Rawle, renowned theologian and author of The Faith of a Mockingbird and other books, will talk with us about the theological and social ramifications of Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird (and also a little with Go Set a Watchman). This will be the first in a year-long series called the Pastor’s Book Club: Dr. Howell will recommend a book for all of us to read, and then discuss with him or an outside expert.

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Sunday, February 12, 4:00 p.m., Sanctuary.

Dr. Howell will converse with D’Walla Simmons Burke on the origin and meaning of Black Spirituals – and Dr. Burke’s Winston-Salem State choir will sing spirituals for us. This Grammy-nominated choir is well sought after for its moving renditions of major choral works, spirituals, and world music.


Wednesday, February 15, 7:00 p.m., Sanctuary.

Dr. Ben Witherington, renowned New Testament scholar, prolific author and child of our church, returns to teach on Paul’s Doctrine of Reconciliation. Why do we need to be reconciled to God? How did Jesus achieve this for us? And how then do we live?

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Pastoral Writings

Dr. Howell discusses the theme of Reconciliation with his email series. Read them here.