Setting plans for St. Louis

Posted by: Gordon on 9/14/2014

Nick Kristof from the New York Times got it exactly right a couple weeks ago: "After Ferguson, race deserves more attention, not less."

Gamaliel affiliate Metropolitan Congregations United of St. Louis is charting a course from now through Easter and Passover to help their interfaith members (white, African-American and multicultural Roman Catholic, Presbyterian, Methodist, Mennonite churches, Jewish synagogues, and others) process what happened in Ferguson.

Through these Sacred Conversations (+Action), MCU will aid participants to air and better understand their own feelings about and experiences with race and racism. and connect their ongoing social justice campaigns to the anger and emotion engendered since August 9.

The organization will also connect these issues to its ongoing work to expand Medicaid in Missouri, so that more low-income people and people of color have access to health care and to build high-quality community schools.

At their Thursday Sept. 11 meeting, 14 people volunteered to pilot these sacred conversations — which are inspired by a yearlong reflection on structural racism and racial justice that organizers in the Gamaliel network actually started in January. Based on this initial work, MCU plans to expand this work to all of its core membership of 33 congregations and beyond. A training of trainers is set for Oct. 18.

Stay tuned for more details! 

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