Important Training Event this Fall
By Kevin Bowen, Communications Coordinator and Youth Ministry Coordinator
While serving as Advent's adult leader at the Multicultural Youth Leadership Event (part of the ELCA National Youth Gathering) in Detroit last summer, I had a conversation I will never forget.
The organizers gathered all the adult leaders into a conference room, seated us in small group at round tables, and prompted us with questions like this: "What has been your experience of living with your skin color?" For the first time in my life, I opened up to a group of black, Latino, and white people about my experience of living with white skin for the past 25 years. And I listened to the stories of seven other people from around the country, young and old, about their experiences of living with black, white, or brown skin.
I had considered myself to be an open-minded, accepting, liberal person with a well-educated understanding of racism in our country -- and yet every one of their life stories surprised me. I realized then that I still had a lot more to learn. The last year has shown with brutal clarity how imperative recognizing ignorance and seeking understanding is to healing our church, communities, and country.
Our Synod is holding an Anti-Racism Introductory Training here at Advent on Saturday, September 10. Pastors, staff, and lay leaders from throughout the Synod will be participating. Our pastors, staff, and Congregational Council will be participating. And we would like to invite you to participate too.
While our Synod is urging the participation of pastors, staff and leaders, this training is open to congregants, and we want as many members of our congregation taking part in this as possible. We identify as a diverse and accepting congregation, but we can do more.
You can join our pastors, staff, and congregants in becoming more equipped to advocate for racial equality, acceptance, and justice in our church, community, and country. Are you up for it? If you are able to join us, please register below.