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We want to talk about race, racism, and racial justice as a church. We see the need, and feel the deep divide in our country and even in some of our communities and congregations. But how do we start? How can we help our church community begin to have conversations about race that are scriptural, educational, helpful? What if we have a few or no people of color in our congregation? How do we have healthy conversation around such a charged issue?

The purpose of this training is to provide rostered ministers, lay ministry professionals, and congregation leaders with the ability to foster healthy and holy conversation so that congregations have the tools and confidence to deepen discussions and take actions.  Our workshop will address three important aspects of anti-racism work:  1)  Talking about Race: Language, vocabulary, people skills, and best practices, 2) History of systemic racism in the United States, and 3) How to begin conversations and action in your congregation or ministry context.

Registration opens at 8:30 AM.  Coffee, light refreshments, and lunch will be provided.  The training will begin at 9:00 AM and end by 3:00 PM.  Cost is $25.00 per person.  Registration closes 1 week prior to the workshop.  To register, please email Marty Shifflett at mshifflett@lss-elca.org or call 717-652-1852 ext. 115.