Racial Justice Podcasts, Trainings Coming Next Month

TJ Harper


I hope that each of you is having an enjoyable summer thus far -- a time of restoration and rejuvenation. I am writing to share two important updates regarding Racial Justice Ministries within the Massachusetts Conference that will take place in September 2017.  

Racial Justice Podcast

We are launching a quarterly podcast beginning on September 7! Each conversation will be with a leader in the field of racial justice, and conversations will always have an intersection of spirituality and racial justice.

The subject of the first podcast is: “Why is it difficult to have conversations on race in the faith context?”  The guest for the inaugural podcast is Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum, former President of Spelman College (a historically black all-female university), acting President of Mount Holyoke College, and author of of Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria: And Other Conversations About Race (1997). In addition to having a PhD in clinical psychology from the University of Michigan, Dr. Tatum also holds a Master's Degree in Religious Studies from Hartford Seminary. Her expertise is on diversity training within organizations and groups.  We had a fabulous conversation! Please mark your calendars to check our website (macucc.org/racejustice) on September 7.

New Racial Justice Trainings  

For any congregation that has participated in Level 1 of the Racial Justice Training, we are pleased to offer follow-up training, two additional trainings are now available. Level 2 Track A focuses on institutional and cultural racism; Level 2 Track B on personal and interpersonal racism. You may take both of these trainings, if you would like, as they review different materials; and we recommend taking both in whichever order makes sense for you. You may take Track A or Track B first. The duration of either training is eight hours, which can be divided into three different formats (two four-hour sessions, a weekend session, or a full day retreat).

Congregations can request these trainings through our website (macucc.org/racialjusticetraining). This training was established by Rev. Day McCallister while working with the Connecticut Conference, and she has graciously trained our facilitators in Massachusetts. Sign up now for trainings beginning in late September. 

Prerequisite: You must take Level 1 prior to signing up for either track of Level 2.
Best regards, 
TJ Harper 
Racial Justice Associate
(508)875-5233, ext. 275

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