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Anti-Racism Class at Kenilworth Union

Written by: Julia Smolucha

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Join the Anti-Racism Study Group here.

 

An Invitation from Katie Snipes Lancaster

Kenilworth Union Church has long been tuned to God’s call for justice. Our foundational scripture passages from Matthew 22 and Micah 6 ask us to “love your neighbor as yourself,” and “do justice, love kindness and walk humbly with the Lord our God.” Yet, we are open to admitting the imperfection of our path toward justice: not enough, too slowly, blind to the systems that influence the core of our very being.

As lament over the death of George Floyd has sparked a public conversation in our nation about racial injustice and inequality, a collective awakening and arising begins at Kenilworth Union. We would like to invite you to participate in the work of anti-racism. We don’t expect this work to take place overnight: it will happen over the long haul, but we know that we need to begin now.

Join our online July Anti-Racism Study Group (tentative plan below: watch for details soon)

Monday July 13, 7 p.m.: Bill Everstberg on the book White Fragility

Monday July 20, 7 p.m.: Katie Snipes Lancaster on “Requiem For Ahmaud Arbury” by Rev. Dr. Otis Moss, III. in conversation with James Cone’s “The Cross and the Lynching Tree

Monday July 27, 7 p.m.: Jo Forrest on Ibram X. Kendi “How to Build an Antiracist World

Monday August 3, 7 p.m.: Christine Hides on “Raising White Kids” by Jennifer Harvey.

What’s next after this? Not sure yet, but we hope you’ll be part of designing it.

P.S. If you haven’t already, check out our prayer vigils from Tuesday, June 2 at Kenilworth Union Church and Thursday, June 4 (interfaith/community-wide), and Bill Evertsberg, Jo Forrest and Christine Hides and my essays with recommended reading on racial justice and watch our online worship from Sunday, June 14 as we welcomed Dr. Nicholas Pearce back to the pulpit.