LCC Hosts A Sacred Conversation About Race

The national office of the United Church of Christ ( released an adult education curriculum in 2016 titled “White Privilege: Let’s Talk” that invites local UCC churches and their members to engage in safe, meaningful, substantive, and bold conversations on race.

In response to this invitation, Lakewood Congregational Church (UCC) has recently embarked on a year-long Adult Faith Formation program titled A Sacred Conversation About Race. LCC will be using parts of the UCC curriculum, along with suggested readings & podcasts, group discussions, and guest speakers, to explore the topic and to encourage the sharing of ideas and experiences. The goal of A Sacred Conversation About Race is to learn and understand what it means to be an ally to those who are presently disadvantaged by the system.

Join us for these Sacred Conversation events, and please revisit this page often as more events & links to resources will be added.

Sunday, February 12th
Video: Cracking the Codes: Joy DeGruy “A Trip to the Grocery Store”

Sunday, February 26th
Rev. Alan Dicken, Carthage Christian Church (Disciples of Christ): Empowered for Justice: Faith Communities Can Make a Difference

March Columns
Introduction to A Sacred Conversation About Race by Rev. John Dorhauer on pp. 8-9 of the March issue of The Columns

Tuesday, March 7th
Discussion on “A Spiritual Autobiography” written by John Dorhauer, General Minister & President of UCC. Parlor, 7pm.

Tuesday, March 21st
Discussion on “Whiteness as the Norm” – reflections on how this is evidenced and experienced in America. Parlor, 7pm.

Tuesday, April 4th
Discussion on “Whiteness as the Norm”, continued – visual images & symbols in church. Parlor, 7pm

Sunday, May 7th
This Light of Ours: Activist Photographers of the Civil Rights Era (Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage thru May 14, 2017). This Light of Ours portrays struggles of the 1960s and the continuing effort to bridge America’s racial divide. The Adult Faith Formation Team invites you to join us on May 7th to view the exhibit. We will plan to leave the church by 11:30am, grab some lunch along the way and see the exhibit around 1:30pm.

Sunday, October 8th
An afternoon of theater at Karamu House. We will see Simply Simone: The Music of Nina Simone. The performance is at 3 pm and tickets are $30. Karamu House’s mission is to produce professional theatre, provide arts education and present community programs for all people while honoring the African-American experience.

In addition to the programming listed above, there are related fiction and non-fiction books available for preschoolers to adults, along with a Resource List, located on the bookshelves in the West Clifton hallway. Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates and  Whistling Vivaldi by Claude Steele are recommended “church reads”.