An Invitation to a Reflection/Planning Meeting (at a Promising Moment in Race Relations), Sat., 01.24, 1 to 3 p.m.

An Invitation to a Reflection/Planning Meeting (at a Promising Moment in Race Relations), Sat., 01.24, 1 to 3 p.m.

Saturday, January 24, 1 to 3 p.m. in the Social Hall

This Saturday, those who participated in POWER’S Anti-racism training will gather with anyone else from our church community who wished to join the conversation (even if you weren’t at the POWER training).

The agenda for the conversation will include some reflections on the POWER training and also on the discussions our own Sacred Conversations on Race group has been having over the last couple of months. And then the group will turn to NEXT STEPS, considering both the tasks that POWER is asking of its member congregations and of what we hope to accomplish at Old First with the Sacred Conversation on Race.

Everyone is welcome to enter into the conversation on a timely and important topic.

As a further introduction, here’s a brief reflection that Michael J. shared with the members of the Sacred Conversation on Race planning group. It is shared now broadly with his permission:

“Before I start talking about our debrief session this weekend, I just want to say that I am inspired. I am inspired by the thousands of people who marched to reclaim King’s name and legacy on Monday. I am inspired by the 200+ people who came out for POWER’s training last Wednesday and Thursday evenings. I am also inspired by the powerful and prophetic film ‘Selma’, which I saw twice.

In the midst of a world in which evil thickens the air, suffocating righteousness, justice it self cries “I can’t breath!” And yet, I feel a stirring in our society. I feel God at work. I am reminded that among the people an elevation of consciousness on the subject of racism and white supremacy is necessary if we are to defeat those great evils with love.

What last week’s training demonstrated to me is that with dialogue, in community, imbued with the love of God, powerful things can happen, lives can be transformed, and racism’s wounds can begin to heal.

I am very much looking forward to our debrief this weekend. It feels to me like a launching off point for a wonderful, exciting, and redemptive journey.”