Tuesday, January 15, 2019
7:00 – 8:00 PM Eastern
Leader: Gary Smith
Author and poet, Langston Hughes, writing from his experience as a black man, wrote; “I, too, am America.” Yet the harsh reality for people of color is that too often they have not been fully embraced and treated as equals within our predominantly white nation, and within our white churches. So as people of faith, and as Americans, we strive to do better by removing obstacles and building unity among all people. The first step toward greater unity is to understand what is meant by white privilege, to see the many ways it has negatively impacted our history, and to understand what forms it takes today. In doing so, we open ourselves to new ways of multiracial living so that we can be allies with people of color. You are invited to join Rev. Gary T. Smith on Tuesday, January 15 from 7:00 to 8:00 PM for a courageous conversation webinar about white privilege and racial justice; a conversation that will help break down racial barriers, and increase unity within our churches and our communities.
Rev. Gary T. Smith is the Director of Moving In Congregations Acting in Hope (MICAH), a faith-based community organization working to reduce racial barriers and build bridges between white and black congregations in the Southern Tier of New York. Pastor Gary is also the Associate Pastor for Faith Formation at Homer Congregational UCC, and has served as a spiritual director at the Spiritual Renewal Center in Syracuse for almost 20 years. He lives in Homer, NY with his wife, Bonnie, and son, Elijah.
This webinar is available free to members of the Massachusetts Conference through a partnership with Practical Resources for Churches