February is Black History Month

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“The Birth of Eve,” 2018, from ‘New World Consciousness’ Courtesy of Harmonia Rosales

We plan to use the newsletter each week to call attention to some resources, podcast, articles, to learn more about black history as well as current ways we engage with race. Enfleshed is a site that we draw a lot of liturgy from, and they shared and article this week about the consequences of perceiving God as a white man. “‘Even early in life, the belief that God is white shapes how children evaluate actual human beings.’ [Steven O.] Roberts said.” Roberts is a psychologist and the lead researcher from Stanford which published their data last month. Indicating lifelong attitudes towards equity can be shaped in our churches by how we communicate about God to our children, and what images they are exposed to. Surveying U.S. Christians (adults), they found that “when people conceptualize God as a white man, they are more likely to perceive white male job candidates as more fit for leadership than black and female applicants.” Here are some traditional images we have associated with the divine reimagined as a black woman.

Storytelling Workshop – February 18th!

goddessTuesday, February 18th, 6-8 pm, in the Gallery. 
You’re invited to an interactive workshop that focuses on the importance and relevance of telling your stories. Learn how our stories are deeply entwined with God, our community and ourselves. Our stories and experiences are powerful, they have the ability to change lives, bring healing, hope and more. This interactive workshop is lead by Stephanie Scott-Huffman, Storytelling photographer, who will help us to dive deeper into our own stories, thoughts and feelings, equip us to tell our stories on a deeper level, through conversation, connecting and challenging each other in new ways. A light dinner will be served, and please call the office by Monday, February 17th if you need childcare.

Eat, Play, Love is Sunday, January 12th!

Eat, Play, Love is our spiritual formation group for families with young children. At 8:30 everyone gathers for breakfast (all ages welcome here!) and then at 9, families with little ones can join in for Stories and Play, while everyone else is welcome to find another spiritual formation that suits them best (we have a few to choose from!). We hope we will see you there!Eat, Play, Love (1)