Race Relations: An Oak Ridge Experiment in Social Concern

The five week period from November 10th through December 8th marks the fiftieth anniversary of the Oak Ridge public forums on race relations, hosted by Saint Mary’s. The series of forums, called “An Experiment in Social Concern”, followed the Holy Week Uprising against the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. earlier that year in the western end of our …

Saint Mary’s and Community Relations

Fellow Parishioners, Following all the masses on the weekend of April 14 & 15, there will be information sessions in the Board Room about St. Mary’s participation in the Alliance for Community Transformation-East Tennessee (ACT-East TN)/Strong United. Funded by the Catholic Campaign for Human Development, ACT-East TN/Strong United is a multi-cultural, multi-racial multi-denominational group coming together to create community, transform …

Catholic Social Justice in the Here and Now

3-5 PM, October 8, 2017 Saint Mary Parish, Columbus Hall (317 Vermont Ave.)   Order of Program   Welcome to St. Mary’s – Fr. Shelton     St. Mary’s should be engaged in our broader community, addressing the important social justice issues of our day.     Tom and Joan Burns reforming “Community Relations” committee to promote parish engagement with our broader community. General …

Message from Rev. Derrick Hammond of Oak Valley Baptist Church

COMMUNITY LEADERS CONVENE “COMMUNITY MATTERS” FORUMS Last November, a grand jury in Ferguson, Missouri decided not to indict Officer Darren Wilson for the death of Michael Brown. Given the many strong feelings all over the country, several clergy in Oak Ridge decided to address our community. In our public statement, we called for “inspiration, perspiration, and collaboration” in our shared …