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. Registration will close at 12 pm on October 1.
Thursday, October 1, 6:30-8pm
Asking the Hard Stuff: A Tool to Make it Easy to Ask Anything
In this uber-polarized time, we are feeling the pain of division and the yearning to bridge the gaps between us. But how? It feels risky to discuss politics, culture, or race for fear of causing more damage. Yet it is necessary. It’s urgent that we learn how to talk about the tough stuff with one another in order to understand and grow together as individuals and as a community. Join this seminar to learn how to successfully navigate conversations that feel taboo, sensitive, or just too daunting to attempt. You will learn where the conversation should start, how to formulate your questions and the best approach to build relationships and community across differences like race, gender, culture, and social identities. This seminar will provide you with knowledge and tools to step out of your own experience and begin talking about differences in productive and meaningful ways.
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