How can we address racism in our community?

Faith UMC to sponsor antiracism dialogue circle in the fall

The shooting death of Philando Castile by a St. Anthony police officer has shaken the communities of St. Anthony, Falcon Heights and the rest of the Twin Cities, and it has left many people hungering and thirsting for ways to become engaged in the struggle against racism.

In this context, Faith United Methodist Church of St. Anthony is hosting an antiracism dialogue circle this fall. The circle will meet every Saturday morning from September 9 through November 11 from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. All are welcome. You do not need to be a Christian or a member of any church to participate.

The goals of the dialogue circle are to help us think critically about the racism present within our U.S. culture, understand how it shapes our relationships and learn how to cross barriers of difference to form friendships, coalitions and networks. It will help us take action to dismantle racism and create a more just and equitable society. Space is limited, so please register early. To register, use our online form.

Yes, this is a significant investment of time! And yes, participants must commit to attending all ten sessions (and commit to doing the reading if they must miss a session). You might think this is too much to ask. But would you think that if you were a young Muslim girl accused by her classmates of being a terrorist, or if you were a black man pulled over by the police? We believe it is worth our time to delve deeply into the origins of racism and the ways it continues to function in our culture, so we might learn new and better ways of living together.

The dialogue circle will be led by Okogyeamon (Herbert A. Perkins) of ASDIC Metamorphosis Its mission is “bringing communities together, equipping them to address racism.” The cost of the 10-week dialogue circle is $365, and the workshop manual costs $40. Scholarships are available.

For more information, contact Rev. Susan Mullin, director of faith formation and community outreach at Faith UMC, or Rev. Diane Christianson, senior pastor at Faith UMC. Either of them may be reached at 612-781-3167.

An ASDIC Metamorphosis event at United Theological Seminary.

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