OPPORTUNITIES TO ENGAGE

This effort is less about doing and more about listening, learning and building relationships. The evangelical culture has always been an active, doing culture. We can celebrate the good of that, but on this issue, doing and serving without listening, empathy and trust actually cause harm.

We are inviting people to “do” by simply coming to the conversation with humility and a desire to learn from our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ. We trust that as we engage the ways to take action will become clear as they flow from relationships of trust and a shared understanding of the challenges we face.

April 26 | 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM | Talking Points Conference at Cornerstone University on “Justice + Unity: Toward the Healing of a Fractured Church,” highlighting the African American experience with special guest Dr. Todd Robinson 

May 24 | 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM | Leadership Luncheon at Grand Rapids Theological Seminary & Facebook Live Event

June 28 | 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM Leadership Luncheon & Facebook Live Event

June 9 | 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM | Ignite : Day of Equity and Engagement -- Come to the Center for Community Transformation at 9 am on June 9th to hear about the entrenched challenges and promising solutions to racial and economic equity in the 49507 zip code. There will be a short presentation and then opportunity to engage in construction and clean up projects in the building and surrounding ICCF homes. Coffee will be provided and lunch is available for purchase of $7. This includes a sandwich or salad, water, fruit, and chips. 

  • If you are interested in purchasing lunch, please email Amanda at akjones@bethany.org or call 616-224-7438

July 26 | 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM Leadership Luncheon & Facebook Live Event

August 23 | 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM Leadership Luncheon & Facebook Live Event

To register for a Leadership Luncheon visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/justice-unity-leadership-luncheon-tickets-45068426878

CORR UNDERSTANDING RACISM WORKSHOP

CORR, Congregations Organizing for Racial Reconciliation, composed of the Anti-Racism Teams of Madison Square, Coit Community and Church of the Servant invite you to attend an anti-racism workshop. The 2.5-day experience is designed to raise awareness and organize for racial reconciliation.

Workshop Goals

  • To see and learn about racism in a new and redemptive way.
  • To gain insights into systemic racism through the eyes of faith and Scripture.
  • To see more of the connections between history and contemporary race relations.
  • To identify organizing opportunities to “eliminate racism, both causes and effects, within the body of believers and throughout the world.”

Upcoming Events

  • October 25-27, 2018
    • Location Church of the Servant, 3835 Burton St SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546 (map)
    • Registration not yet open

Schedule for 2.5 Day Workshops

Thursday 5:30 PM to 9 PM (dinner included)
Friday 8:00 AM to 6 PM (breakfast and lunch included)
Saturday 8:00 AM to 5 PM (breakfast and lunch included)
Note: you must plan on and be able to be present for the entire event!!

Cost
$200.00 per participant; includes training, training manual, and meals mentioned above (no lodging). There is a reduced fee of $75 for those who have attended before and whose purpose for attending again is to come along side of a new attendee. Dress is casual and comfortable.

Learn more at http://corrnow.org or contact Kris at kris.vanderstelt@gmail.com or 616-460-3220 with any questions. 

 

TRUTH'S TABLE LIVE RACE & FAITH POP-UP PODCAST

Truth's Table- LIVE! | Pop-Up Podcast inspires and provides a brave space where truth and grace are served on the issues of race and faith in West Michigan and beyond. All are welcome! So pull up a chair and have a seat at the table.

The Live Podcast Experience:
Christina Edmondson, Ekemini Uwan and Michelle Higgins, hosts of hit podcast, Truth’s Table, one of New York Times recommended race-related podcasts, will be joining us live with a mix of powerful historical and biblical content, music, and audience interaction while speaking the truth with grace. They will create a table where truth is served and those who partake will be empowered to speak the truth in love.

Featured Artists:
Throughout the night, there will be time for the audience to reflect and digest the content though live performances by female artists. Featuring: Sharon Irving and Shuree

August 16 | 7 PM | Wealthy Theatre at 1130 Wealthy St, Grand Rapids

For more information and tickets visit https://grcmc.org/theatre/node/34171/truth-s-table-live-pop-up-podcast-show.

Contact Tamara at tamaragurley@gmail.com with any questions.