Marat/Sade Opening Night

St. John's MCC proudly presents a new production of the 1964 political shocker "The Persecution and Assassination of Jean-Paul Marat as Performed by the Inmates of the Asylum of Charenton Under the Direction of the Marquis de Sade" by Peter Weiss.

Featuring an original score by nonbinary Durham singer-songwriter al Riggs. This will be staged live and in-person. The French Revolution will not be streamed. Through song, comedy, eroticism, and violence, Peter Weiss's play poses challenging questions about economic oppression, blind patriotism, press censorship, and body autonomy.

As our community has been thrown into tremendous upheaval over the last year, and the #BlackLivesMatter movement has received more public attention than ever, director Dustin Britt has developed a bolder, more defiant production, challenging both the cast and the audience to examine systems of oppression from new angles, highlighting the play's underlying themes of queerness, forced assimilation, imprisonment, religious manipulation, healthcare inequality, white supremacy, and gender inequity.

This production is for Adults only.

Performances: 7/23, 7/24, 7/25, 7/30, 7/31, 8/1, 8/6, 8/7, and 8/8/2021

Inclusive Language Workshop

Inclusive Language Workshop Part 1

Inclusive Language Workshop Parts 1 & 2

- a workshop led by Jim Manchester

We have talked a lot in our LGBT Center of Raleigh Connections program meetings about how the language we use with our faith communities affects marginalized people. What we say to and about people makes a big difference!

And it’s more than just using the right names and pronouns for people. The language we use to describe our Creator may be reinforcing the grip that patriarchy and racism have on our society. Certain words we use metaphorically to refer to wrongdoing (“blackness,” “darkness,” or even “blindness”) may send messages that minimize a person’s worth whether we intend to insult them or not. Plus, certain words we often use in worship have their roots in slavery and reinforce racial and class conflict.

I developed an Inclusive Language Workshop to explore these issues. It examines the language we use in prayers, songs, and even as we read scripture.

I invite you to explore Inclusive Language with me on Tuesday night, July 20th at 7:00 pm on Zoom. The first session will take a little over one hour and will be followed by a second, follow-up session the following week (July 27th) at the same time.

Will you come? Here’s the link to Register on Zoom. If you’ve already registered, please share this link with anyone who may be interested.

Register in advance on Zoom for a secure link by email: Register on Zoom

Wilson Temple UMC Food Distribution

Wilson Temple & Fiesta Cristiana
Food Distribution

10AM - 1 PM

Wilson Temple UMC • 1023 Oberlin Rd • Raleigh, NC 27605

Wilson Temple UMC Fiesta Cristina UMC SJMCC Fairmont UMC

St. John’s MCC & Fairmont UMC churches are partnering with Wilson Temple and Fiesta Cristiana UMCs to serve 100 Hispanic/Latino Families in July and August with bags of food donations.

Click here to Donate directly to Wilson Temple's "Food Pantry"

Click here to Volunteer for food packaging and distribution