God’s Call to Prophetic Ministries

In worship during the month of June and into July, we will learn about the prophet, Elijah, in First and Second Kings. Though the Hebrews insist on having kings rule them, God makes a prophetic witness of Elijah to counteract some of the nasty things people in power will do to those without a voice. Recall that prophets are seldom popular because they speak truth to power. Because we love and follow a God who stands up for the powerless and disenfranchised, God needs us to do the same.

In the same way, the United Church of Christ has answered God’s call to prophetic ministries. They are developing an adult education curriculum designed to invite members to engage in safe, meaningful, substantive and bold conversations on race. “White Privilege – Let’s Talk” will be released later this summer

“As an extension of our ongoing commitment to Sacred Conversations on race, it is time that this still largely white denomination wrestle with its investment in whiteness, and learn all it can about the manifestations and impact of White Privilege,” said the Rev. John Dorhauer, UCC general minister and president. “This Curriculum, written by five gifted authors with decades of experience teaching about race and privilege, is presented to enable such dialogue to take place at every level of the Church.”

The UCC white privilege curriculum is divided into four key focus areas, each one introducing a different aspect of the dynamic of white privilege. Each of the four sections in the guide will have material from all five authors, with every author contributing a different perspective to the subject matter. (May 23, 2016 by Connie Larkman)

As an introduction to the curriculum, there is a series of free webinars on the subject in partnership with the Center for Progressive Renewal. I’d like to invite you to listen in on these 5 FREE webinars (Noon to 1:00 pm CDT)

  • Monday, June 20: The Big Picture – John Dorhauer

  • Tuesday, June 21: Spiritual Autobiography through the Lens of Race – John Paddock

  • Wednesday, June 22: Whiteness as the Norm – Da Vita D. McAllister

  • Thursday, June 23: Whiteness as Cash Value – Traci Blackmon

  • Friday, June 24: On Being an Ally – Stephen Ray

    (If you aren’t available to listen, we will be able to access the recordings at a later date.)

    The MN Conference Annual Meeting (June 10-12) will be focusing on dismantling racism as their continued response to a resolution passed in 2014.
    May this be the beginning of a fruitful and transformative conversation!

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