Oklahoma Conference of the United Methodist Church

Retreat to tackle systemic racism


Spend an evening listening. Personal stories of racism will open a justice retreat Aug. 25-26 (Friday evening-Saturday afternoon), hosted by the Board of Church & Society, at Canyon Camp.

"Tearing Down Walls: Dismantling Systemic Racism" will help participants to better understand and to address systemic racism in Oklahoma. It builds upon "Get on the Bus to Tulsa: Let’s Talk About Race," held in March, noted Mark Davies, C&S chairperson.

"Oklahoma has a special history in terms of being a place where people from diverse backgrounds have come to live," said Rev. Dr. Davies.

"There’s understandable tension in the country right now in relation to racism. This isn’t something we avoid because it’s a difficult topic. We want to listen to each other, confront the issues in all their complexity, and build a beloved community that celebrates all the diversity we have in the human family."

Leadership includes two facilitators from Crossroads Antiracism Organizing and Training, nationally known. Crossroads has worked with faith-based groups, including two UM annual conferences; YWCAs and other nonprofits; and schools and government entities.

Deadline is Aug. 13 to register. Click the link at www.okumc.org.

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