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Sacred Conversations on Race: A Journey of Transformation
Tuesday 21 March 2017
06:30pm - 08:30pm
Registration is FULL
In August of 2016, the national leadership of the United Church of Christ made available its curriculum Sacred Conversations on Race: White Privilege, Let’s Talk. Lauded by Brian McLaren for its thoughtfulness, the study is distinctive in that each chapter brings together the experiences and perspectives of 5 different ministers—African American and white, female and male—to form a rich mosaic. The sections treat such topics as spiritual autobiography told through the lens of race, whiteness as the norm, the ways that education, housing practices, income disparities, and the health care system disadvantage African Americans, and becoming an ally.
Indicating the urgency of this work, Rev. John Dorhauer, General Minister and President of the UCC, asserts: “One of America’s lingering realities is the unprocessed grief, shame, fear, anger, and guilt of living in a culture of racial inequality. It is a heavy price we pay to maintain our silence in the face of such evil, no matter what benefits we accrue because of it.”
On Tuesday, February 21 at 6:30 p.m., we will begin an 8-week spiritual journey anchored in the UCC curriculum and our own experience (Copies of the curriculum will be provided to participants). Our hope is that the importance of this topic will call a diverse group of 15 people who are committed to this transformative work and who are willing to be both honest and vulnerable in our sacred conversations. Please prayerfully consider joining us.
The first evening will begin at 6:30 p.m. with a shared meal and last 2 hours. All other weeks will run from 6:30 to 8, and we ask that participants hold an extra 30 minutes for discussion as needed.