Sacred Conversation on Race

Sacred Conversation on Race

Q1: What is your name?

Sacred Conversation on Race (SCOR) Ministry Team:

Barbara Gurley, Michael Johnson, Delilah Marrow, Lisa Merlo, Tony Merlo, Bob Polk , Margaret Rohdy, Jackie Williams, Gerry Woodroffe

Q2: What is your Ministry Area or Standing Leadership Group Name?

Sacred Conversation on Race. Our ministry is a response to the UCC call to open a meaningful, substantive and safe dialogue on the dynamics of white privilege as we move toward becoming a multiracial and multicultural church.

Q3: What was the most significant accomplishment or insight gained in your ministry area in 2015?

SCOR organized and invited all members of Old First to participate in Lenten House meetings to engage in discussion on how racism and white privilege have impacted their faith. About fifty members attended two sessions on Getting Past Our Fears and Sharing Our Stories. The conversations were sometimes difficult, but rewarding as we got to know each other in the context of the racial issues that are ever more present in our individual lives and in our society.

Q4: Where is your group or ministry area stuck? What is your group or ministry area pondering?

The study, reflection, and encounters that have taken place so far have inspired this growing group of members to include more members of Old First in conversation, and to consider reaching beyond this congregation to work with others within the Philadelphia Association.

Q5: Please list the goals of your group or ministry for 2016 with complete descriptions.

1. Present the Congregational Affirmation of the Sacred Conversation on Race for a vote at the Annual Meeting.

2. Complete the SCOR Congregational Self-Assessment to use as a planning tool for the next steps in our conversation.

3. Plan and carry out programs and activities for learning and growing in our understanding of racism and white privilege in our lives and in the experiences we have in the world.

4. Recruit more members to the SCOR Ministry Team.