Those among us who insist we now live in a ‘post-racist” society would do well to heed William Faulkner’s famous saying, “The past is never dead. It’s not even past.” The American story–and more specifically, the American Christian story–is one that cannot be told without attending to the dynamics of race in our country, including those times the Church has stood proudly on the side of justice and those when we failed to do so. In times such as these, where the reality of race has once more become part of our consciousness, what might we learn about how to be faithfully Christian from those who have walked this path before us? And how might we engage these issues in churches and communities where talking about these issues is not only unpopular, but genuinely risky?
March 15-18, 2016, clergy and laity from the North Carolina Conference will partner with School for Conversion, a Durham-based nonprofit, to engage a 4-day pilgrimage of learning, praying, and dreaming together in the spirit of the Freedom Rides of the 1960s. We hope to draw together a community of pilgrims with a diversity of life experiences. We invite clergy who want to come to consider inviting a lay person from their congregation or local community to join the pilgrimage so that the conversations begun during these days can be contextualized and continued in local churches and communities well beyond the 4 days of travel.
For more information or to register, click here.
If you have questions, contact Rev. Jessie Larkins.