You may think the title of this “Bible Study” strange, I agree. However, after leading traditional bible studies with this congregation for 3 years now, I believe that we need to expand our horizons and actually put into practice what Jesus said as he taught (in stories and thought provoking statements of truth). When asked why he taught this way, Jesus said:
“This is why I speak to the crowds in parables: although they see, they don’t really see; and although they hear, they don’t really hear or understand.” Matthew 13:13
Lest we think we are far better than those who knew Jesus in his time, this is why we study scripture… to see what Jesus wants us to see, and to learn what life practices we should take on. There is nothing more destructive in our culture today than racism. Racism happens at the intersection of Power + Prejudice. Most of our congregation falls into the category of those with access to social power and our culture teaches us from birth to be prejudiced (either in favor of or against a particular type of person/group).
Jesus also implores us to listen and see when he says to us”You know how to interpret conditions on earth and in the sky. How is it that you don’t know how to interpret the present time? And why don’t you judge for yourselves what is right? Luke 12: 56-57
So we will journey together (either in person or via zoom) Tuesday evenings from 6pm-7:30pm utilizing scripture and other writings to learn to recognize White Privilege, and how to break down the systematic racism built into the most foundational aspects of our American culture!
For those who feel comfortable meeting in person (with masks of course), we will meet at my home (email for address), for those who are at a distance or feel more comfortable at home the Zoom invitation is below.
Each week I will be giving out an “assignment” for the following week so that we all can come prepared to discuss the topic of the day. These assignments may be reading, from a range of appropriate books, or exercises you are encouraged to do and then journal (or take notes) about your experiences.
This first week, Sept 8th, will be a free-bee! No advanced work to be done beforehand, so come out or zoom in and try it out!!!!
Health and Wholeness
Topic: Transformational Study on Racism
Time: Tuesday, Sep 8, 2020 06:00 PM Mountain Time
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Meeting ID: 848 3737 0917