Sacred Conversations on Race

November 15, 2017 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Gifford Hall

Prayerful study and discussion on Racial Justice

Each session to be planned on Wednesday evening (unless otherwise noted), includes a time for light dinner followed by discussion. (6:30 p.m. -8:30 p.m.)


This year, we invite you to participate in a series of sacred conversations on race. God calls us to examine our lives and consider where and how we have been shaped by race. Racism is an insidious sin that has permeated every aspect of our culture, including the church. As people of faith we will gather to examine our lives, to confess the ways in which we have been complicit to perpetuating this oppressive construct. It is our hope that we will create a safe place to share our stories and move to a place of reconciliation and a hopeful future. We hope you will plan to be part of this enriching series of conversations.




November 15, 2017: Let’s Talk Race: Where do we begin? Introduction to the conversation and the book Waking Up White by Debbie Irving.


December 14, 2017 (Thursday): Book study and dialogue: Waking Up White by Debbie Irving.


January 17, 2018: Book study Part II: Waking up White by Debbie Irving.


February 21 & 28, 2018: UCC wide racial justice book discussion during the Lenten Season. Lenten dialogue on The Third Reconstruction: Moral Mondays, Fusion Politics, and the Rise of a New Justice Movement by The Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II and Johnathon Wilson-Hartgrove (2 sessions on Wednesday, February 21 and 28).


March 8, 2018 (Thursday): Sharing our Stories of Racial Inequality and White Privilege: healing a broken past (taking the pulse of the community, sharing our personal stories).


March 24, 2018 Retreat from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. with Deacons and members of the community: Racial justice training led by UCC facilitators from the MA conference (8 hours) Dates to be determined.


April 25, 2018: Where do we go from here: Commitment to build a more just community.


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