by Carolyn Hoolihan
This creative project was made up of seven small groups from our combination of churches: Lake Nokomis Lutheran, Spirit of St. Stephen’s Catholic Community and Living Table United Church of Christ.
During our time together we set rules to ensure respectful listening. Each session began and ended with prayer. Our learning was deepened by a visual presentation of the topic, an essay, and discussion. The essays, written by prominent Christian theologians and activists, covered issues around “race, the Bible, whiteness, African American and Native American experiences in the U.S., as well as the role of women in racial justice movements.”
Some of the cherished experiences of these sessions for us were:
I'm encouraged and hopeful to learn that many of the dialogue groups have chosen to continue meeting to work on projects inspired by the dialogues in 2022, and the years beyond.