Learning Opportunities

We at First Church will be offering opportunities to move forward together by continuing the discussions we have already begun on facing our history of complicity in Northern slavery.

We have been increasing our knowledge of slavery, racial oppression, and white privilege through:

1) Educational sessions on Northern slavery, helping to set the context for understanding First Church’s own history of slavery in the 1600-1700’s.

         April

  • Summary of session led by Professor John Stauffer on Slavery in the North  

  • Powerpoint by First Church member Dave Kidder about his search to find the history of individuals who were enslaved while members of First Church. Link J

 

2) Film series on slavery, the African American experience, and racial justice.

               April, May, and June 

              A list of the films can be found in the Summer Reading and Film List below.                   

 

3) Summer reading and film suggestions. 


4) Racial Justice training. 

              October 14th and 21st, 2018

              More details coming soon.

 

5)  Class on the history of the Civil Rights Movement

             March

6) Tours of the Civil Rights Movement and the Legacy of Slavery in the American South.

               Weeks of October 29th and November 5th

                  (Trip sign-up closed in April).

Call in to your state legislature to support the Safe Communities Act. For information on this issue contact Dave Kidder at david.e.kidder@gmail.com.

To address institutional racism, please call your state representative and Senator, and ask for abolishment of mandatory minimums in sentencing. Ask them to contact the Joint Committee dealing with this legislation. For more background on this...