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. Two workshops are scheduled for January 2019 to begin this important process: Saturday, January 19 at St. Mark in Harrisburg and Saturday, January 26 at St. Matthew in York.
These workshops 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 visit https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0e48ada62fa1fb6-antiracism.
Note: Attending one of these events fulfills the biannual requirement for rostered ministers.