~ Toni Higgs
With Peter Ilgenfritz’s departure I’ve taken time to reflect on his influence with the Racial Justice Initiative, and its impact on our church. In February of 2016, he invited Ginger Warfield, Rosh Doan, and I to a workshop with Heather Hackman: Racial Justice as a Spiritual Imperative. Since that workshop, he worked tirelessly with us to gather a team, figure out what to do, and connect us to the people who could help.
The great thing about Peter (there are many, but one of them) was that he never pretended to have all the answers. But, he was willing to walk with us as we tried to figure out how to make an impact.
From Peter, I learned so much about the importance of collaboration, of asking for help, of building community as the key to any social justice change. I am proud to announce that we are collaborating more than ever in several areas of our church:
Racial Justice Workshop: Lessons of Place.
Sunday January 20, 11:30-1:00, Room TBD
Many of you know Emily Morishima as one of our greeters, but she’s also an expert on race and segregation. Together, we will explore the history of Seattle’s neighborhoods and the ways that racism caused housing segregation within the city. We will also consider the ways Seattle’s racial history shapes our city today.
Racial Justice Survey
As we did with the Open and Affirming process, we are developing a congregation-wide survey about our racial justice work that will be distributed to everyone at church. Stay tuned to your bulletin for more details.
February 3 and 10
Kimberly Segal and I will be inviting high school youth to watch a Tim Wise video and follow up with their ideas and conversation on Feb. 3 & 10. Tim Wise is a national anti-racism activist and writer who is coming to Seattle Pacific University, where Kimberly is a professor. This brings us to:
Tim Wise Lecture at SPU:
Friday March 1,Tim Wise: The Politics of Fear in America
All invited, especially youth parents:
Meet for dinner at 5:30pm, place TBD
7-9pm, Upper Gwinn, Seattle Pacific University
This is the day before the Moving Mountains youth fundraiser, so we understand if youth are busy preparing!
Return of the Lenten Study Groups
~ Ginger Warfield
We are planning a series of discussion Circles (modeled on Peace Circles) to discuss Trouble I’ve Seen: Changing the Way the Church Views Racism, by Drew Hart.
There will be at least five Circles meeting for the first five weeks of Lent, which starts in early March. They will meet at a variety of times and locations, both still to be determined. We also plan to have an online group — format also remaining to be determined.