Community Meetings

I’ve been to several community meetings this month; especially since the election. Neighbors in St. Louis Park have gathered to discuss the effect of the “Thank You, SLP Police” and the “Black Lives Matter” lawn signs. Neighbors have gathered to talk about how to show our community that we are allies of folks who are LGBTQ, immigrants, people of color, people with disabilities, and those who voted the ‘other’ way (whatever that direction might be).

The lawn sign meeting was held at Union church on November 16th; the other is scheduled next week, Thursday, December 8th at 6:30 – 8:00 pm. You are welcome, of course! What a wonderful way for the church to partner with our community by offering space to meet! (By the way, did you know this is a form of evangelism? Follow the link for more…)

As many people struggle to regain their spiritual balance with the transition of power in the White House, community conversations seem even more crucial. We gather to discuss what we can do personally – read or increase your knowledge about racism and white privilege, introduce yourself to your Muslim neighbors, volunteer; collectively we can walk in a protest, sign a petition, attend community meetings = participate.

A friend recently gave me an excellent book, “A Good Time for the Truth: Race in Minnesota” published by The Minnesota Historical Society. This is the easiest way to get started. You can also check out the new UCC curriculum, “White Privilege: Let’s Talk” – it’s free and download-able.

Watch for dates in 2017 when we’ll offer this curriculum at Union.

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