Organ pipes in the Sanctuary of First Church in Cambridge. A wrought iron chandelier hangs in the foreground.

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Public Remembrance Project Focus Groups Report: Read, Listen, and Join the Next Conversation

March 10, 2021

In 2019, as part of our ongoing efforts to reckon with our slaveholding past, the Beloved Community group contracted with First Church member Karlene Griffiths Sekou to conduct focus groups with small segments of some impacted communities to gain insight about the living legacies of white supremacy and racism. Karlene conducted seven community focus groups to gather feedback on our initial ideas for a public remembrance project, and she facilitated wider community conversations about repair.

On March 7, Karlene shared a report on her findings at an after-worship Zoom session. A recording of that session and the full written report are available to you. Please read the report, and plan to join us for our next Zoom conversation with Karlene after church on April 18.

Please send any questions or concerns you would like addressed at that session to: Our hope in this ongoing work is to listen to and learn from impacted communities and to invite their insights and participation in shaping how we move forward in accountability, repair, and reparations.