A Four-Week Study in the Chapel
April 30 – May 28, After Worship
(We will not meet on Sunday, May 14)
Since the death of Trayvon Martin in 2012 and the birth of the “Black Lives Matter” movement, issues of race in the United States have regularly made national headlines. These themes often dominated discourse during the 2016 presidential election, and they remain a key point of division in debates over policy and national identity.
But for Americans, this is nothing new. There is no part of our history as a nation that is not in some way touched by our fraught relationship with realities of race, which makes it all the more grave a problem that we are so poorly equipped to talk about it. We live today in an age of colorblindness in which the vast majority of Americans agree that the attitudes and policies of white supremacy that characterized race relations until the mid-twentieth century are morally repugnant. Nevertheless, most would also agree that things remain far from perfect, and many contend that race relations have actually worsened since the Civil Rights era.
As a community of faith that is predominantly white (in a community that is also predominantly white), it is important that we begin this conversation together. Please join us in the chapel after worship (beginning Sunday, April 30) as we seek to understand our place in this discussion and what Christian faithfulness requires of us.