Learning Series: Bold Conversations
This fall Bethlehem will embark on a learning adventure together. The death of George Floyd was a moment that reignited a movement drawing attention to the ongoing reality of racial inequality. We have work to do and it can be difficult to know how and where to start. As a predominantly white congregation, we need to begin with listening, confessing, and learning about the collective sin of perpetuating systems that oppress others. This learning series seeks to create a safe space to explore and learn together. The virtual seminars will focus on the skills and awareness we need to be effective allies and culturally aware community members. They are designed for interactivity and experiential learning where you will be applying the learning in real-time.
Please register for each session on the web to receive a Zoom invite.
December 3, 6:30-8 pm
How to Rebound: A Tool to Repair Intercultural Missteps or Mistakes
What will holidays look like this year? We may not be gathering for parties in the same way but we’ll stay connected through conversations with family and friends with different opinions. Have you ever been blindsided by someone's reaction to your good intentions? Maybe they were offended, maybe they just had a piece of feedback that surprised you. It can be very unsettling and even feel like an attack on our good character when we learn that our impact was not what we had intended. In this seminar, we'll explain why it's so hard to accept criticism, how to slow down your knee jerk reaction, and keep the dialogue open for learning. You will learn and practice a simple tool to help you stay in the moment and repair the relationship. As a result of this seminar, you will be able to create more trusting and inclusive relationships that lead to strong and productive relationships that can talk about and recover from both the little hiccups and the big trip-ups.