Synodical Anti-Racism Training Opportunities in the New Year

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 few or no people of color in our congregation? How do we have healthy conversation around such a charged issue?

Our synod wants to provide rostered ministers, lay ministry professionals, and congregation leaders with training to foster healthy and holy conversation so that congregations have the tools and confidence to deepen discussions and take action.  The next workshop is scheduled for Saturday, February 23, 2019 at St. Mark in Harrisburg.

This workshop will address three important aspects of anti-racism work: 1) Talking about Race: Language, people skills, and best practices, 2) History and systemic racism in the United States, and 3) How to begin conversations and action in your congregation or ministry context. We encourage you to bring a team of at three to six people with you for maximum benefit. There is no charge for this event, although we will take a freewill offering to defray the cost of lunch and refreshments. Registration will open at 8:30 a.m., and the training will run from 9:00 am. – 2:00 p.m.

For registration and detailed information, please contact Marty Shifflett at 717-652-1852 ext. 115 or

Note: Attending one of these events fulfills the biannual requirement for rostered ministers.

Our Presenters

Pastor Titus Clarke

Pastor Titus Clarke began his ministry, in Liberia, West Africa where he was born, and lived until 1992, when he came to the United States as a result of the Liberian Civil War. He developed and organized the Peoples’ Community Evangelical Lutheran Church in Baltimore, Maryland in 1992 and served as their pastor for several years.  He earned his M.Div. from The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia. For four years he was pastor/re-developer at St. Mark’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in York. Currently he is Lead Interim Pastor at St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church, Carlisle.

Vicar Carla Christopher

Vicar Carla Christopher is a Fund for Leaders Redevelopment Scholar entering her final year at United Lutheran Seminary – Gettysburg. A long-time cultural competency and diversity trainer with the YWCA York, the IDEAS Center, and York LGBTQIA Resource Center, Carla currently serves as Vicar at Union Lutheran Church in York City.

Pastor Timothy Seitz-Brown

Pastor Timothy Seitz-Brown has served congregations in Pennsylvania, plus the Manow Lutheran Junior Seminary in Tanzania. A returned Peace Corps volunteer (Jamaica, 1981-83), he is active in the Pennsylvania Poor People’s Campaign: a National Call for Moral Revival, the Theology and Peace Conference, and Christian Peacemaker Teams. He married to Ann, and they have three adult children.