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Black Lives Matter Series events extend into June

The Peace and Justice Steering Committee has announced the following programs. 

Showing and discussion of the movie “13th” —  Thursday, April 27th from 6:30 – 8:30  The title of this powerful movie refers to the 13th Amendment of the Constitution, which abolished slavery and involuntary servitude, “…except as a punishment for crime…” — exploring the history of how this amendment has grown into mass criminalization and incarceration.  An in-depth look at the prison system in the United States and how it reveals the nation’s history of racial inequality.  There will be a short discussion of the film after it is shown.

The Coming Out White Group will hold a Soup and Salad event on Monday,  May 8th, 5:30 – 7:30. Everyone interested is invited.  What does it mean to “Come Out White?” Participants in the Coming Out White and Privileged Group will reflect on their experiences: what they learned, what was challenging and how embarking on this journey has changed their understanding of themselves and of how racism impacts everyone. We will also be thinking about what to do to support each other in the coming months/years in racism-related work, as individuals and as a church.

Accomplices for Justice: how we can work together to challenge systems of oppression. On Saturday, May 13th from 9 – 12, presented by Toby Davis. Join us for a fun and interactive workshop in which we will learn about the many forms of systematic oppression in our society and how we can be active and effective agents of change.  We will focus on how we can be “accomplices” who do not strive to be perfect but strive to be consistent, to make a difference, to commit to this work for the long haul, to have clarity and courage, and to effect lasting change.

Being Allies Workshop will be held on Saturday, June 3rd, 9:30 – 12:00. What does it mean to be an ally and how can we be one in our current society? A panel of TJ Harper (Associate for Racial Justice Ministries for MACUCC), Russ Vernon-Jones (a long time local activist for racial justice) and others will offer their thoughts, followed by a general discussion of actions we can take as individuals, and together as a church.

Social Justice Sunday on Sun, June 4th — Toyan (TJ) Harper, Associate for Racial Justice Ministries for MACUCC, will present the sermon.

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