Adult

Adult education and formation programs explore a broad array of subjects--theology, spirituality, history, bible and the arts—through a variety of meeting times and formats including: Sunday morning seminars (9:45-10:45), discussion groups, book studies, classes, forums, retreats, listening groups, and other small group experiences.

Beginning January 19, 2020, our next series of conversations will be based on the book Dear White Christians: For Those Still Longing for Racial Reconciliation by Jennifer Harvey. We will preface these conversations in two introductory sessions, with conversation partner Brian Stevenson, founder of the Equal Justice Initiative (EJI) and author of the book Just Mercy. We will offer some background material on the EJI, and specifically its Community Remembrance Project which focuses attention on the history of lynching in America. This project is one real and encouraging example of communal truth telling, confession and lament that is happening across the country, including in our community with the support of people from SPC.

Our seminar schedule is as follows:

1/19 Introduction Part 1 Background and Tedtalk with Brian Stevenson of the Equal Justice Initiative (EJI): We Need to Talk about an Injustice

1/26 Break -- Open Conversation with Pastor Gusti

2/2 Introduction Part 2 EJI’s Community Remembrance Project, the lynching museum, and local efforts to confront our racial history

2/9-3/29 Dear White Christians by Jennifer Harvey

Resources

In addition to Harvey’s book, we recommend that folks who may not have been part of our previous conversations read Irving’s book Waking Up White.

The EJI’s full report on lynching is available for download here:
https://eji.org/reports/lynching-in-america/

TaNehisi Coates article on reparations also provides helpful background to these conversations, and can be downloaded here:

http://argumentcenterededucation.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/The-Case...
Additional resources include:

    • America's Original Sin: Racism, White Privilege and the Bridge to a New America by Jim Wallis.
    • The Cross and the Lynching Tree by James Cone
    • Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
    • Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson

For further background information, see Conversations Around Race, Privilege and Faith Continue at SPC