Talking about Race

Many groups are engaging in dialogues on issues related to race and racism in the aftermath of the March 18 speech by Barack Obama. There are a couple of study opportunities coming this summer as well as some print resources that could help Presbyterians engage in such dialogues.

The Fifth Annual Multicultural Church Institute at Ghost Ranch in New Mexico from August 4-10 will include a number of helpful seminars. Two seem particularly appropriate:

Lambs and Wolves Talking Together will draw on the work of Eric Law and others to look at communication across cultural differences.

Building Community — Dismantling Racism will make use of tools from the PC(USA) antiracism training program to understand the ways racism continues to impact our lives and how we can work to dismantle racism.

Print resources can be ordered through Presbyterian Distribution Service by calling 800-524-2612.

Facing Racism: A Vision of the Beloved Community (1999)
The report of the Initiative Team on Racism and Racial Violence, approved by the 211th General Assembly (1999) as the PC(USA)’s comprehensive policy document on racism.
$2.00 plus shipping and handling, order PDS #OGA99033

Living the Gospel of Peace: Tools for Building More Inclusive Community
This six-session study teaches communication guidelines, mutual invitation, community bible study, and power analysis and explores how to use these tools to build community in the face of racism and other factors that divide us.
$3.00 plus shipping and handling, order PDS #7027004014

Facing Racism: In Search of the Beloved Community
This five-session study for youth was developed to help youth confront racism and work to build the “beloved community.”
$1.25 plus shipping and handling, order PDS #7027098002

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