Come to a community conversation on race, equity and faith in Springfield. We will meet for four Thursdays at 6:00 p.m. starting on October 17th at Timmons Hall in Silver Springs Park. We will use the book The Color of Compromise by Jemar Tisby as a springboard for our discussions. Join us for one or all four sessions. Each session will be self contained and passages of the book being discussed will be provided. The discussions will be moderated by Ally Henny, Heather Hardinger and Susan Schmalzbauer. We will also feature community leaders as guest speakers to bring the conversation to Springfield. Here is a preview of the sessions.
Session 1- General introduction (October 17 – 6-8 pm)
Overview of Book, primarily covering Chapter 1. Covers the tragedy of Jim Crow laws, the victories of the Civil Rights era, and the strides of today’s Black Lives Matter movement. Guest speaker: Rev. Phil Snider from Brentwood Christian Church.
Session 2- History (October 24 – 6-8 pm)
Takes you on a historical, sociological, and religious journey: from America’s early colonial days through slavery and the Civil War. Guest speaker: Wes Pratt, Chief Diversity Officer at Missouri State University.
Session 3- Political/policy (October 31 – 6-8 pm)
Reveals the cultural and institutional tables we have to flip in order to bring about meaningful integration
Session 4- Moving Through (November 7 – 6-8 pm)
Charts a path forward to replace established patterns and systems of complicity with bold, courageous, immediate action.