BOOK DISCUSSION ABOUT THE CHURCH AND RACIAL JUSTICE
February 12: Led by Cynthia Campbell
February 19: Led by Matt Nickel
February 26: Led by Laura Cheifetz (contributing author to the book)
On Sundays February 12, 19, 26 at 4pm in the Session Room, Highland will discuss church engagement in the work of racial justice using the book Race in a Post-Obama America: The Church Responds.
Order your book now: http://bit.ly/churchresponds. This short book provides deep contexts for conversations race and the church.
In Case you Missed It…
Pastor Cynthia Campbell wrote an opinion piece for Courier-Journal – “What Happened, Not What If”
Pastor Cynthia Campbell offers the invocation for the Empower West Book Club (skip to 24:30)
Carol Anderson presents at the Empower West Book Club.
Following the first class, people are invited to make their visual prayers by taking photos. Here are some suggestions below. If you want a primer, you can download the class notes.
Photo Assignment for January 25
- Start each day asking God for wisdom and guidance to see with the heart.
- Take them in color or in black and white.
- As you go about regular life in your neighborhood, your house, familiar streets, at work, in town, see what your notice. Receive the photos you open yourself to.
- Using your phone or camera see things that are signs of God’s presence. This might look like one of these or even beyond these:
- Human Expression: Interactions of people
- God at the Farmers Market: What does the presence of God look like, smell like, feel like, taste like?
- A New Old Thing: Something familiar that you have not noticed before.
- Gratitude: Something on the street that feels welcoming or generous
- Seeing Patterns: receive a photo that creates lines, shapes, textures, or symmetry.
- When something draws your interest or curiosity, see it with openness, with the eyes of compassion and gentleness.
- Is there a building, or pattern, or imfections you see that are interesting?
- Give thought to what signs there are of God’s presence in these things.
- The second and third prompts will offer more specific things to look for.
- Remember, seeing is the goal, not perfection.
- If you want to share the photos: email them to firstname.lastname@example.org
As people of faith we are called to engage, support, and witness to unity and justice for all people. As ongoing events reveal a continual need to justice around issues of race and civil rights, here are some resources to learn, engage, and participate in public witness. If you have other resources to suggest and add, please email Associate Pastor Matt Nickel at email@example.com.
A Reading List for America – Offered by New York City Public Library.
Black Lives Matter (Louisville) – The local chapter of the Black Lives Matter movement hosts vigils and Stand Up Sundays, which are events held every Sunday at 3:00 pm to talk, plan, and Turn Pain into Power about the current movement surrounding #BlackLivesMatter and police repression.
Showing Up for Racial Justice (Louisville) – SURJ organizes local rallies and opportunities for public witness to organize white people for racial justice. Find the Louisville chapter’s events on Facebook or the national organization at their website: http://www.showingupforracialjustice.org.
The Root – This is a sources for news, opinion and culture site from African-American influencers. Founded in 2008, under the leadership of Dr. Henry Louis Gates Jr., The Root provides smart, timely coverage of breaking news, thought-provoking commentary and gives voice to a changing, more diverse America. Visit us at www.theroot.com, on Twitter @theroot and on Facebook.
Forward Radio – A Louisville community radio station that used radio media for the transformation of society. Listen online or at 106.5FM in the city.
Parents for Social Justice (Louisville) – This group on Facebook engages issues around social justice and how to educate our families and children around issues. Find the group on Facebook.