We are a small Episcopal Church on the banks of the Rappahannock in Port Royal, Virginia. We acknowledge that we gather on the traditional land of the first people of Port Royal, the Nandtaughtacund, and we respect and honor with gratitude the land itself, the legacy of the ancestors, and the life of the Rappahannock Tribe. Our mission statement is to do God’s Will in all that we do.

Sacred Ground, Jan 18, 2024

The meeting was Thurs, Jan 18, 7pm on Zoom

I Scholarship funds

Check for $2,700 was provided in January for the workforce scholarship program at Germanna Community. The three are receicing instruction in the following fields – excavator operator, owner/operator trucking, and CDL training.

We will invite our contact Jessica Thompson, Executive Director of the Germanna Educational Foundation to  an event at St. Peter’s in the future

II. Future projects

  1. Investigate Black owned bank or Black owned businesses. Options include work with local black organizations such as the Caroline County branch of NAACP – https://naacpcaroline.org/ and/or the Virginia Black Chamber of Commerce (VABCC). https://www.vablackchamberofcommerce.org/.  The latter’s mission is “ensure the economic prosperity and sustainability of Virginia’s vibrant small business community.  They offer a directory of Black businesses .
  1. Feb 10 presentation on Port Royal at the Old Port Royal School. a Black School. It was constructed and used from 1924 to 1959. This is the 100th anniversary
  2. Bingo- Last Monday – Feb 26, 6pm Caroline county Public Schools. This may be a good opportunity for discussion with local leaders
  3. Meeting with school administrations about opportunities for St. Peters and other churches

III. Book discussion – How We Can Win Race, History and Changing the Money Game Thats Rigged by Kimberly Jones

The book was a breakdown of the economic and social injustices that have plagued Black People.  Jones is an author, film maker and book seller. The language was somewhat shocking but it was a technique for bringing us into her world, particularly the gang infested atmosphere in Chicago during the 1980;’s

She discussed the economic effects of slavery. Blacks missed out on the amazing of wealth through home ownership, education and community investment . She equated it to  about four hundred rounds of Monopoly lost. Whites are 60% of the population but control 60% of the wea;th.

Her solutions include a program called Reconstruction 2.0 which include the payment of reparations, use of a Truth and Reconciliation process ,reinstitution of the Freedmen’s Bureau , defunding the police, reinvigorating neighborhoods

Next meeting Feb 29, Zoom 7pm