Sacred Conversations on Race
Programs for the Tennessee Valley District hosted by the Conversations on Race group from the Holston Conference
Four Zoom sessions will be offered, each dealing with topics of racism in our church, community and world. Each program will be different so please consider registering even if you cannot “attend” all four. There will be some overlapping but each session will different and will be filled with information and conversation. We will also be sharing a wealth of resources with the participants.
The sessions will be held on each of the four Tuesdays in February, 2021, from 7pm until 8:30 pm, via Zoom. All are welcome and we encourage you to reach out to invite church members, friends and family. We will open with prayer and close each session with worship.
These programs are open to all.
Tuesday, February 2, 7pm-8:30pm
Starting a sacred conversation on racism: challenges, history, how to begin, how to engage in difficult conversations and a little John Wesley. Sharing of stories and time for conversation.
Tuesday, February 9, 7pm-8:30pm
A host of speakers will be joining us this night from Holston and other conferences to speak to racism in the UMC and why we must engage with one another to end racism in our beloved church. Time for discussion and sharing of stories.
Tuesday, February 16, 7pm-8:30pm
Discussing white privilege and systemic racism: what these are and how they affect every aspect of our lives. Sharing of stories and time for conversation.
Tuesday, February 23, 7pm-8:30pm
Continuing the conversation: where do we go from here and how the UMC can become the beloved community. Time for conversation, discernment and commitment.
CONVERSATIONS ON RACE MISSION AND VISION STATEMENTS
Our Mission is
to transform ourselves and our community,
to dismantle racist structures,
to affirm the worth of all people, and
to be a beloved community.
Our Vision is engaging in:
relationship building, and
actual anti-racist practice.
We really want to educate ourselves and others about what racism looks like, where it exists, and how to see with new eyes and, therefore, behave differently. This is our work. This is Holy Spirit work, growing out of our Baptismal Covenant.
BAPTISMAL COVENANT OF THE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
One of the three Baptismal Covenant questions:
“Do you accept the freedom and power God gives you
to resist evil, injustice, and oppression
in whatever forms they present themselves?”