During this 2022-23 church year, you’ll be hearing a lot about our efforts to shed white privilege and adopt behaviors indicative of equity and justice and liberation for all. There will be a jillion opportunities for you to join in the fun and the learning. Here are a few that can be accessed immediately. Why wait? A few opportunities to support our 8th Principle work from board member Mary Alm:

  • August 25 – September 10 – Different Strokes Performing Arts Collective presents Blood at the Root, a play by Dominique Morisseau.

This bold new play is a striking ensemble drama based on the Jena Six; six Black students who were initially charged with attempted murder for a school fight after being provoked with nooses hanging from a tree on campus. It examines the miscarriage of justice, racial double standards, and the crises in relations between men and women of all classes and, as a result, the shattering state of Black family life. More info here.

  • Saturday September 10 at 10:30 am – Books to Action discussion and walking tour at Stephens-Lee Center. 

Buncombe County libraries are hosting a Books to Action book club and the first session is a discussion of How to Be an Anti-Racist by Ibram X Kendi and the group will also participate in a walking tour of the East End Valley Street of Asheville with Hood Huggers International.

Image attached and more info here.

  • Saturday and Sunday, September 10 – 11, 2022, from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm both days – Racial Equity Institute Phase 1 Workshop sponsored by the WNC Racial Equity Collective.

An extraordinary experience, well worth the time. Often over-subscribed, if you cannot register for this session, at least get your name on the wait list so you will be informed of future workshops.

Please click the link below to find out detailed information and to register:


  • Sept.19-Nov 14, meeting weekly on Mondays 7-9 pm – Building Bridges 
    Registration opens Monday August 22nd at NOON 

    Asheville’s locally birthed equity workshop. Again, well worth the time. Participants meet local leaders and learn about local realities. You will be changed.

To be on the interest list and receive registration instructions on Monday morning fill out the form linked below.  If you have participated in a previous Building Bridges Session, they ask that you opt out of registering for this session as soon as registration opens. If they don’t fill up immediately, they will send out another invitation to register.


Questions? Email registration@bbavl.org