Imago Dei: Embracing the Image of God
During this time of crisis, we are called, as people of God, to listen and to learn from our siblings in Christ of Black/African American/African/Latin descent. Although we wish to immediately be deployed into action to rectify the wrongs of white supremacy, white privilege and racism, it is essential that we self-reflect, especially those struggling with their response to racism, and listen to our colleagues and communities most impacted by these sins.
The Metro D.C. Synod Racial Equity Team is providing an opportunity for people of all ethnicities, especially white allies, to attend a new Racial Equity series of listening sessions over the next 6 weeks. During the initial session, to be held on Thursday, June 18 at 7:00 PM, we will hear from:
Rev. Dr. Stephen G. Ray, Jr - President of Chicago Theological Seminary and President of the Society for the Study of Black Religion.
Dr. Ulysses Burley III - Founder of UBtheCURE, a proprietary consulting company on the intersection of Faith, Health, and Human Rights.
Rozella H. White - author of Love Big: The Power of Revolutionary Relationships to Heal the World and owner of RHW Consulting
Bishop Leila M. Ortiz - first Latinx Bishop of the Metro D.C. Synod, ELCA
Then, each presenter will host a conversation every two weeks to dive deeper into their own area of expertise - Lutheran theology and African American religion, heath and public policies, and community organizing and leadership development.
REMEMBER: this series is not putting the work of ending racism back into the hands of our siblings of color. We each have to act everyday in ways that are anti-racist, but the Church must also provide space for us to listen and allow our sibilings to prioritize our energy and actions as allies.