April 21, 28, May 5 | 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Facilitators: GNJ Director of Resourcing Rev. Enger Muteteke and Rev. Frank Davis of Leonia UMC
What is the connection between anti-racism to discipleship? That is the question we will explore together. This 3-session teaching series has two components. First, it is designed around the free Discipleship Ministries course, "How to Have a Courageous Conversation: Racism," which is completed online on your own time. Second, in-class discussion with the facilitators from Greater NJ applies the learning to your life and context. This experience will lead you to dive deeper into themes around:
· Discipleship: Understanding how our salvation and baptismal vows connect with rejecting racism
· How the Biblical language of "family" can help frame the conversation
· Understanding the Biblical hope of the beloved community
· How to encourage churches to take specific actions in their community
· And so much more!
Our time together should not be viewed as one conversation that will solve the multifaceted issues of racism in America. Rather, these conversations provide launching points for building deeper relationships and, ultimately, transform ways of doing ministry with the community.
Each week, before meeting with the GNJ facilitators, this course requires you to complete one segment of the Discipleship Ministries online course, "How to Have a Courageous Conversation: Racism." Each segment is approximately three hours.
This course is recommended for hospitality teams, bible study members, worship teams, pastor-parish relations committees, church council, and all laity and clergy.
Registration closes one week before the course starts and is limited to 60 participants from Greater New Jersey.