Happy New Year!!
Hope you all had a wonderful New Year and my prayers are that each of us will experience in 2018 many Spirit-fed moments.
For me, I hope, one of those moments will be the carrying out of my Doctor of Ministry project that I have been working on for the past two years. My project is focused on helping those of us who are white liberal Christian leaders to understand our own implicit bias and unrecognized living out of our own single narrative which is seen as the norm for the world around us.
I have received final approval for the project, which is a series of two or three sessions meant to go deep on issues of white privilege. The project will include opportunities to focus on recognizing and addressing the limitations of our own perceptions about what it means to be a person of color forced to live in a society that operates from the narrative of a white, male, heterosexual, Christian reality and will invite participants to become more effective allies and advocates for people of color and for addressing issues of racism. Another outcome is that we will become trusted dialogue partners with communities of color because we will be more aware of multiple stories and our own bias.
My plan is to bring together a group of at least eight to ten white, liberal Christians leaders who fundamentally understand issues of white privilege as roadblocks to working together with communities of color on the issues of racial justice.
In order to make sure the group meets the criteria for my project, I am asking for interested persons to fill out a simple application. Based on those responses, I will choose participants for the pilot group. If the dialogue and interactive experiences I am planned work, my hope is that this program will expand, both in it being offered to more people and to expand to sessions that will focus on authentic dialogue with members of our communities of color. In other words, my hope is that these Spirit-led sessions will go beyond the narrow project of my Doctor of Ministry Project and will be the start of a Conference-wide program that will enhance other programs we are also putting in place, such as our Racial Justice Training.
Please let me know if you have any questions and consider taking a moment to click on the link above to fill out the application. I will work with selected participants to find the best times and dates for these sessions so, if chosen, we will work with your schedule.