- Date: Sunday, June 4, 2023
- Time: 9:30am–10:15am EDT
- Location:Harter Room; Zoom
Please join us for two conversations about First Church’s journey thus far regarding reparations and where the Spirit may be leading us next. We’ll talk about the communities most harmed by our history of church members enslaving in the congregation and our painful response to the work of abolition in previous centuries, as well as the living legacy of slavery in the forms of Jim Crow segregation, the war on drugs, redlining, and mass incarceration. We’ll update the congregation on the Reparations Fund and the work of the Collective, which is convened by First Church member Karlene Griffiths Sekou. We’ll also share information about efforts to engage in repair with the Indigenous communities most harmed by us—the Wabanaki, Massachussett (Wampanoag and Nipmuc) peoples—and plans for learning & action opportunities in the Fall. We’ll talk about the spiritual practice of reparations, guided in part by the book Reparations: A Christian Call For Repentance and Repair, which asks what Christians are called to do regarding white supremacy’s cultural theft of truth, power, and wealth, and why our engagement matters. We’ll reflect on how God is calling First Church to engage in this powerful and life-changing work.
Zoom Dial-In: +1 929 205 6099, Meeting ID: 829 9392 3977, Passcode: 746617