Posted on: August 5, 2020

Talking About Race

Register HERE for the discussion.  The Zoom link will be emailed to you.

What does it mean to be white? What is the difference between prejudice and racism? In what ways do we and our community need to change so that God’s love is reflected to all people?  The issues are all around us. Let’s talk about them.

Each month for a year, we will look at a different topic, including foundations, history, and current issues. Each month will have some pre-work (articles, podcasts, videos) to prepare you for discussion. You don’t need to be an expert – just open to asking questions and learning from one another.  Each discussion will be unique, so you can come to one or many.

Sessions will be held on the 4th Tuesday of the month at 2 pm or 7 pm. Leaders will begin with a time of spiritual grounding, then we’ll move into small-group discussion. We’ll end with a few resources to dive deeper into the month’s topic. Meetings will last 1-1 1⁄4 hours.

Tuesday, January 26 at 2pm or 7pm – Whiteness – What does it mean to be white?


Previous Topics

October 27: “Racism and the Christian Church.” Here are a few things to get our conversation started:  watch Theology Kills and Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man.  Read “Racism and the Christian Church: A brief history” and the  St Paul Area Synod Assembly resolution  (The synod represents 110 ELCA congregations around St. Paul).

September 22: “A History of Race and Racism in America.”  To better understand how race, and its counterpart, racism, are woven into the fabric of our American society, we will explore the history of how race, white privilege and anti-blackness came to be in this country. To prepare watch Who We Are: A Chronicle of Racism in America. 

August 25: “Race – What Is It?” How do we define terms like “race,” “racism” and “racial identity.” What is the science behind race– are there 1, 6, or 21 races? How do each of us perceive ourselves in racial categories?  To prepare, watch What Is the Origin of Race? and Let’s Talk About Race;  and read The Persistent Problem.