There is a hunger in this nation to face the truth of racism in our public life. Over the past year, on many days, the top ten books on various best seller lists were dominated by books on race. Confronting the reality of racism from the founding of our country through to the present day is necessary, challenging, sobering, painful, liberating, and unavoidable work.
With each partnered pair of faith communities, Interwoven Congregations works to support a sustained effort to come to terms with the reality of racism in our own lives and across American society. We intentionally begin this effort with each congregation on their own, recognizing that there often is work to be done before we embark on cross-racial dialogue. After this initial prep phase is done, we continue the work of confronting racism with joint activities between the two congregations -- including forming small relational study groups between the two congregations, and helping to organize other shared events that help us examine the legacy and ongoing manifestations of racism in our society today. Congre-gations may organize joint field trips or pilgrimages to significant civil rights sites as part of this work.
Interwoven Congregations may also, pending funding, organize broader training events for the partnered faith communities to share. Such events take advantage of experts in the field.