CONVERSATIONS ON RACE
a multi-week discussion series
Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m.
2020 has seen an uptick in the racial tensions within our country, and within the world. As a community of faith - and more than that, a very diverse community of faith - our task in dealing with issues of and about race will be to tell our individual and communal stories with the ultimate goal of seeking healing, reconciliation, and deeper community building within our church and beyond. We have an emerging ministry within our church, a ministry with the sole mission of leading us on the paths of racial reconciliation.
This ministry's offering will be comprised of seminars, workshops, and book discussions. We are thankful that The Reverend Canon Christine McCloud, Canon for Mission of the Diocese of Maryland, has led our first two sessions this past summer, and now we are proud to announce the next several installments of this ongoing discussion series.
Race in America
We will begin our fall program with an examination of race in America with Phil Vischer, author, filmmaker, and speaker, and perhaps best known as the creator of the children's series VeggieTales. Participants are highly encouraged to watch a video presented by Phil prior to the meeting. Our discussion will mainly center on some of the video's dominant themes. The video can be found here.
How Black Lives Matter is Changing the Church
I am sure you have heard a lot about Black Lives Matter. The question is, how is this movement changing the church? On this day, we will reflect on the profound article How Black Lives Matter is Changing the Church, which appeared in the New Yorker. We highly recommend that you read the article prior to the meeting, as this will make sure that we all can fully participate in a facilitated discussion. The article that is the focus of this week's conversation can be found here.
White Privilege, and the Diocese of Maryland
At the last Diocesan Convention, the diocese of Maryland voted to set up a one million dollar fund to help with reparations. The seminar will examine how White privilege has affected, and continues to affect, the the Diocese of Maryland, and the role that Black parishioners have played in its long history. We will also examine the reparations passed by Convention, and the extent of its impact in the Diocese of Maryland.
Book Discussion - I'm Still Here:
Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness
November 10th & 24th
December 1st, 8th & 15th
We plan to dedicate the rest of the year to a book study. We're interested in the book I'm Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness by Austin Channing Brown. Please let us know if you will need a copy of the book, also we will like to encourage all parishioners to try as much as possible to purchase from an independent bookstore.
Whether you can join us each week or once in a while, we invite everyone to take part in this insightful and engaging discussion series. If you would like to join us for this Zoom discussion series, sign up for our weekly Gatherings email by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org and you'll then receive the links in an email each week, as well as details about Christ Church's other in-person and virtual gatherings and services.