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
Link to Replay Bill’s July 13 Class
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”
Link to Replay Katie’s July 20 Class
Monday, July 27, 7 p.m. Jo Forrest on Ibram X. Kendi. Prepare for the class by listening to the podcast “The difference between being ‘not racist’ and antiracist” from TED Ideas with spreading and/or reading “How to Build an Antiracist World” by Ibram X. Kendi.
Link to Replay Jo’s July 27 Class
Monday August 3, 7 p.m.: Christine Hides on “Raising White Kids” by Jennifer Harvey. For those who may not want to read an entire book, follow this link to Jennifer Harvey’s video appearances.
Link to Replay Christine’s, August 3 Class
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.