Workshop Title: “The Heart of the Matter: Examining Jeremiah’s Understanding of God’s Justice and Judgment”
The Old Testament prophet Jeremiah lived during a period of great upheaval in Israel’s history. He experienced the destruction of Jerusalem and the Temple, a time of intense suffering for his people. While Jeremiah lamented the sinfulness of his generation, he also conveyed a sense of hope for the future. In this workshop, we will explore the parallels between life during the time of Jeremiah and our lives as 21st century Americans. What does God’s judgment look like? What does God’s justice look like? Where are the signs of hope in today’s world? Together we will consider how to remain faithful to God’s priorities and have a sense of hope for the future.
The Very Rev. Phoebe A. Roaf, rector of St. Philip’s Episcopal Church in Richmond. Mother Phoebe was the first African-American woman to be ordained as an Episcopal priest in the Diocese of Louisiana, the first person of color to serve as a priest at the largest Episcopal church in Louisiana, and, when she joined St. Philip’s in 2011, she became the first woman to serve as Rector of the church in its 150 year history. Mother Phoebe loves accompanying people on their spiritual journeys and helping them identify how God is working in their lives.