We live in a day of acronyms and abbreviations! This one means Sacred Conversations to End Racism.
A new in depth study resource is developed by the Rev. Dr. Velda Love, UCC Minister for Racial Justice. You can read more about it and see a video presentation at this link: http://www.ucc.org/sacred_conversations_to_end_racism
Two UCC congregations in the Cleveland area are collaborating in the use of this curriculum. South Euclid UCC and Federated UCC (Chagrin Falls) have co-leaders to facilitate an eight week discussion as outlined in Phase One of SC2ER. Three more phases of the study are being prepared now.
As a follow up to the determination of those who were inspired by the Rally: Unite to End Racism in Washington, D.C. Ohio Conference is collaborating with the Ohio Council of Churches to participate in a variety of efforts by a number of denominations to address systemic and sinful racism. Utilizing SC2ER curriculum is a significant resource for that purpose.
You may want to consider applying for training as a facilitator to lead persons in your community and congregation in this “restorative justice journey.” To do so, contact Dr. Velda Love at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Rev. Dr. Jack Sullivan, who will join the Ohio Conference Board of Directors as a representative of the Christian Church (DOC) Ohio region, says, “The Christian effort to disrupt and dismantle racism, must rely on clear Biblical grounding and solid theological narratives.” A review of the SC2ER materials indicates that Dr. Sullivan’s recommendation is well represented in this curriculum.
The Rev. Traci Blackmon, Executive Minister ofr Justice and Local Church Ministries, says race is both not real, and real!
“Race is not real: Race does not exist biologically nor anthropologically, neither is there any reference to race in the 66 canonical books of the Bible. Race is neither scientific nor sacred. Race is an artificial social construct, and it serves a social function. Race is real: racism originates from the unholy belief that there are human groups with particular social and physical characteristics that make them superior or inferior to another human group.”
As Dr. Sullivan expresses it, together and united, we need “to move into anti oppressive ways of operating, modeling the faith, and participating in God’s transformation of society and the world.”