ADULT FORUM—ANTI-RACISM FOR OUR CHURCH

Beginning Sunday, September 15 at 9:45 a.m.

The Adult Forum this Fall will use Pastor Lenny Duncan’s book, Dear Church: A Love Letter from a Black Preacher to the Whitest Denomination in the US, as an avenue for addressing the issues of Racism and White Supremacy in the ELCA. Our discussions and presentations will be led by a number of members who have already read the book and are willing to invite others to discuss the book’s project and its implications. FLC Council Member, Karen Hains and Pastor Steve will be responsible for overall organization, but we are all in this journey together and are so pleased to have a number of members already willing to share in the challenges put forth in the book. We will have copies available for those who cannot obtain one on their own. We will also bring in other materials that are pertinent to the topic for our discussions.

Below is a short description of the book:

Part manifesto, part confession, and all love letter, Dear Church offers a bold new vision for the future of Duncan's denomination and the broader mainline Christian community of faith. Dear Church rejects the narrative of church decline and calls everyone--leaders and laity alike--to the front lines of the church's renewal through racial equality and justice.”

September/October Schedule:

Date

Topic

Facilitator(s)

9/15

Dear Church Introduction

Karen Haines/Pastor Steve

9/22

Do Black Churches Matter in the ELCA (Short video)

Carol Haskell, Alice Iverson, Carol Smith

9/29

Dismantling White Supremacy and the Power of the Cross

Karen Haines

10/6

Deconstructing White Privilege with Dr. Robin DiAngelo

Carol Haskell, Alice Iverson, Carol Smith

10/13

Roots of Black North American Lutheranism

Karen Haines

10/20

Repentance, Reparations, Reconciliation

Pastor Steve/Karen Haines

10/27

Reformation and Identity

TBA



Discipleship

Encourage-Oneanother

Christianity without discipleship is always Christianity without Christ.

Just as love of God begins with listening to his word, so the beginning of love for our brothers and sisters is learning to listen to them.
―  (Dietrich Bonhoeffer: Life Together)

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