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Summer Book Group in July

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Jeff MacKnight will lead a discussion of two recent, notable books on two Sundays, July 17th and 23rd, from 9:50-10:35 a.m. in the parish hall: Between the World and Me by TaNehisi Coates, and The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, by Rebecca Skloot. These much talked about books both touch on the African-American experience, and the ways human beings can ignore, exploit, and mistreat other human beings. Coates writes an open letter to his 15- year -old son, about being a black male. Skloot tells the story of a woman whose cells were harvested, multiplied, and spread around the world, without her knowledge or consent. Feel free to drop in on these discussions. 

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In a profound work that pivots from the biggest questions about American history and ideals to the most intimate concerns of a father for his son, Ta-Nehisi Coates offers a powerful new framework for understanding our nation's history and current crisis. Americans have built an empire on the idea of "race," a falsehood that damages us all but falls most heavily on the bodies of black women and men-bodies exploited through slavery and segregation, and, today, threatened, locked up, and murdered out of all proportion. What is it like to inhabit a black body and find a way to live within it? And how can we all honestly reckon with this fraught history and free ourselves from its burden? Between the World and Me is Ta-Nehisi Coates's attempt to answer these questions in a letter to his adolescent son. 

Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor black tobacco farmer whose cells-taken without her knowledge in 1951-became one of the most important tools in medicine, vital for developing the polio vaccine, cloning, gene mapping, and more. Henrietta's cells have been bought and sold by the billions, yet she remains virtually unknown, and her family can't afford health insurance. This phenomenal New York Times bestseller tells a riveting story of the collision between ethics, race, and medicine; of scientific discovery and faith healing; and of a daughter consumed with questions about the mother she never knew. 


 
The current remake of the TV documentary Roots provides additional background as we consider race in America. 


 

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Summer Schedule at Church

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Below is the summer schedule for St. Dunstan's. Please mark your calendars.
  • Sunday services continue all summer at 9 a.m. and 10:45 a.m.  
  • The Wednesday midweek Eucharist will be suspended beginning June 15, and will resume after Labor Day. 
  • The Vestry will meet Monday, June 20, and Monday, August 29, with no meeting in July.  
You may contact the church office at (301) 229-2960, if you have any questions or concerns about the summer schedule. You may also contact the church office for a schedule of Wednesday Bible Study meetings.


 

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The New Garden

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A big thank you to all who helped plant the new garden. It looks spectacular! And doing it together made it a lot of fun. Thanks especially to Rosemarie and Sue for organizing, feeding, and leading us. Lee Surut is looking down and smiling....

Peace, Jeff
 


 

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Summer Socials on Second Sundays

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This summer we are piloting a program to gather our two congregations for fellowship and food between the services on the second Sunday of each month...June 12, July 10, and August 14.  These would be excellent Sundays to bring visitors to experience "the Church on the Trail."  Watch for new people moving into your neighborhood, and invite them! The Membership Group will provide
refreshments (including bagels and lox) for an enjoyable time together.  Late service folks: please come early, around 10 a.m., on these Sundays.  


 

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Formation 6/5/2016

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Children's Formation - Parents' Meeting - this Sunday
On Sunday, June 5 Jeff and Sue will be meeting with the parents of our children to discuss our formation programs. This will take place in the  parish hall from 9:50 to 10:35 a.m. Please join us as we share our hopes and dreams for raising young Christians in our world today. 
 
Graduate Sunday - June 5 at both Services
 
St. Dunstan's has may graduates this year from High School through graduate school. While all of them will not be present this coming Sunday, we hope that when you see them you will wish them well on their next adventure.
 
Our High School graduates include:
 
Alex Berger 

Alex graduated from Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School on June 1 after attending there for four years. Next year she will attend Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut. At Wesleyan, Alex will swim for the cardinals and she plans on doing premed.
 

Elizabeth Douglas

Elizabeth graduated from the Cate School, a boarding school near Santa Barbara, California on May 29 and will be headed back to the DC area. She will attend Georgetown University in the school of foreign service in the fall.
 
 
Tucker Hemphill

Tucker has been attending The Field School and will graduate from there on June 10. After visiting and assessing musical programs and communication programs at various schools, Tucker will be taking a gap year here in DC. He plans to work, develop his music, and do some traveling.
 
Those graduating with their bachelor degrees include:
 
Beau Gomez

Beau is the son of Tony Gomez and he graduated from the United States Naval Academy on May 27 with a Bachelor of Science. He was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps. Beau will report to Quantico, Virginia in September to continue his officer training at The Basic School. 
 

Nathan Hull

Nathan spent four years at Towson University studying applied physics. He is currently applying to the officer program for the Marine Corps and hopes to be accepted into that program this summer.
 

 

 
Those receiving masters degrees include:
 
Jessica Ault

Jessica graduated with a Master's Degree in Library Science with a specialization in Archives and Digital Curation from the University of Maryland's College of Information Studies on May 20. She'll be taking some time off for travel and relaxation before starting a job at Better Markets, a DC-based nonprofit organization dedicated to financial reform, to work as a records and information manager. In this job, she'll get to organize, develop strategies for knowledge management, answer reference and research questions, and develop policies for the organization.

 
Colin MacKnight

Colin just received his Masters of Music degree in organ performance from The Juilliard School in May. He will begin his Doctorate of Musical Arts as a C.V. Starr Doctoral Fellow at Juilliard this fall. (And yes, he, not his father, selected this picture.)
 

 

L. Sue von Rautenkranz
Christian Formation Coordinator
 


 

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