When we received funding from the Lilly Endowment to support Pastor Dave Denoon’s sabbatical, 30% of the funds were designated for a congregational Renewal that would happen concurrently. That’s how our Year of Renewal 2017 came about.
- I value where this (curricular) work can lead us as a church.
- To do my best to help start conversations about race relations and move toward healing action
- I have a deep desire for our people to examine our collective privilege; to be open to learning how much we don’t know/see; to create a community (ours) that is more diverse; and to examine – and try to dismantle – our biases.
- I’m amazed when people say they don’t have a racial/racist bone in their body.
The second question answered was, “What do you hope that the curriculum committee will be able to accomplish in 2017?
- I hope that we can offer compelling programming that appeals to lots of different demographics (in our church congregation).
- (Generate) comfort in the company of people much different from us
- Open frank and forthright conversations on race in our church in a safe & nurturing environment
- I hope to open eyes and change hearts; we all have to be willing to acknowledge that we all have learning to do.
- It is my hope that the curriculum committee will not only offer a variety of learning experiences for people (at FCCWG) but demonstrate a passion for knowledge and learning about our “mission” that will be contagious. In other words, I hope this committee can LIGHT the way.
- Hope to increase awareness of [the effects of] the “system” when reading news articles, listening to media, etc.
- (See) increasing action by congregants and by the church at large to help heal interracial relations in our region
- I hope to create enough discomfort that people are compelled to change – or at least be open to change
- Create a willingness in church members to explore the concept of white privilege
- Move toward a real and engaged embracing of a broader concept of “family” that included people of many races, sexual identity, sexual preference, personality types, etc. … and engaging regularly with that family!
- Create an awareness of what people of color face in their daily lives because of white privilege.