Engaging Race & Spirituality

There are two upcoming opportunities in our church and beyond to get into conversation about race, church, spirituality, and justice.

First, WUMC’s Race & Spirituality Group invites you to join in on Thursday, June 15, for a meal and discussion. This meeting will focus on Rev. Dr. William Barber’s suggestions for action in the appendix of his book The Third Reconstruction. Meet at Jane Appling’s home next to the church at 6:15 for a simple meal and conversation. If you have questions, please contact Mary Edwards.

Second, the Church Council of Greater Seattle invites you to “Called to Dismantle Racism: Practical Pathways to Mobilize Faith Communities for Racial Justice,” a workshop for clergy and laity, on June 10.

This training is designed especially for congregations who have begun to embrace the pathway toward racial justice. Participants will renew their commitment to understanding racism within and outside of the church and work with other congregational teams to learn new tools to use to fight for justice. Cynthia MacLeod and Diane Schmitz, highly regarded leaders, will facilitate this training.

Workshop organizers suggest that each church sends a team of 2-4 people, but team participation is not required. Cost is $25 for individuals and $75 for a team of up to 4 people. Snacks and beverages will be provided, but participants should bring their own lunches.

This training takes place on June 10, 9:00AM-2:00PM, at University Congregational Church. Please RSVP by Wednesday, June 7, to Ann Erickson at aerickson@thechurchcouncil.org. If you would like to participate with fellow WUMCers, please contact Pastor Ann at pastor@wallingfordumc.org.