Lenten Outreach and Adult Christian Formation Series

In the spirit of Black History Month, during Lent, Outreach and the Truth and Reconciliation Committee are working together. Not only will we hold our annual Lenten Rice Bowl Collection, benefitting the “Heritage at Work” program at the Catoctin Furnace Historical Society, but we will also educate ourselves about our past, in relation to slavery here in Frederick and attempt to remedy the economic hardship caused by systemic slavery. We are offering a Christian formation series called, “Repairing the Breach: Confronting the Sin of Racism” over the five Sundays of Lent from 9:00 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. in the Great Hall.

Catoctin Furnace Historical Society preserves, commemorates, and studies the history of the industrial village (between the 1770s and the 1840s), and has been instrumental in bringing the truth of the early enslaved laborers into the open. It is the mission of CFHS to highlight the enslaved workers’ long-neglected contributions and repair the economic damage caused by the institution of race-based slavery in the US.

To that end, the “Heritage at Work” program provides internships in the historical building trades to at-risk students of the Victor Cullen Center in Sabillasville, in cooperation with the State of Maryland Department of Juvenile Services. Three days a week, the students receive training and mentorship as they work to restore and renovate the historic structures at CFHS. These skills not only prepare them for careers in the building trades, but also give them experiences of accomplishment, self-confidence, and hope for their future. Our Rice Bowl funds will be used for the Trades Instructor salary, stipends for the student apprentices, transportation costs for the students and the purchase of building supplies.

Here is the 4 week Christian Formation Schedule:

Feb. 25: Forged in Slavery, produced by the Smithsonian Institution

March 3: Ranger Mark Spurrier, Manager of Cunningham Falls State Park (which includes Catoctin Furnace Historic Site) and “Heritage at Work” Instructor

March 10: Dean Herrin, Ph.D., former Chief Historian of the National Capital Region, National Park Service (Retired) and member of All Saints’.

March 17: Amanda Venable Kramer, Museum Manager at Rose Hill Manor Parks and Museums

We hope you will join us for these enlightening presentations and be generous in your support of our Rice Bowl campaign this year!

The Truth and Reconciliation Committee also encourages you to watch the Diocesan Trail of Souls event, held on November 4, 2023. Journey with the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland Truth & Reconciliation Commission as it also strives to uncover and reconcile the truth about our past. Here is the link: https://youtu.be/6TYyjthwpns.