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Building a Just & Inclusive Community

If your heart beats for a just and inclusive community that celebrates the dignity and equality at the center of Christ’s love, then you’ll want to know about some wonderful opportunities taking place in Springfield October 6-10.

Oct. 6, 1:00 p.m.
Pro-Reconciliation/Anti-Racism Workshop

layout.header.leftDrury University is offering a special half-day workshop on the critical issues of racism and systemic injustice, in partnership with the Pro-Reconciliation/Anti-Reconciliation Team. The afternoon will include speakers, video, interactive experiences and conversation. Attendees will learn to

  • Name and understand key terms/concepts related to racism
  • Describe contemporary and historic examples of institutional racism, white privilege, civil and human rights in the U.S.
  • Articulate a biblical foundation for justice ministry
  • Engage in informed dialogue about current issues of racism and reconciliation in the U.S. and in local communities
  • Begin to develop personal and community-based “Next Steps” to address systemic racism in participants’ own communities.
  • Participants in this workshop will likely be interested in the conversations on race in America that Lyle Foster is currently facilitating on Thursday evenings at Big Momma’s.

Location:
Drury University
900 N. Benton
Springfield, MO 65802

Oct. 7, 7:30 p.m.
sharonwatkins-small-225x300The Rev. Dr. Sharon Watkins, General Minister and President of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), will speak on understanding the role of church as being a movement for wholeness in a fragmented world. She is the author of Whole: A call for unity in our fragmented world. In the book, Dr. Watkins brings stories from her wide experience in Christian and interfaith circles, and she shares an invitation to live out God’s unconditional love that heals divisions and divisiveness in both North America and the global community. At the invitation of then President-Elect Barack Obama, Dr. Watkins preached at the National Prayer Service in Washington, D.C. on January 21, 2009, the day after his inauguration. She also served a term on President Obama’s Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships and offered the call to worship at the President’s second National Prayer Service in 2013.

Location:
Central Christian Church
1475 N. Washington
Springfield, MO 65802

Oct. 9, 10:00 a.m.
mjRev. Dr. Mark Johnston, Executive Director of the GLAD Alliance (Gay, Lesbian, and Affirming Disciples), will speak on the importance of providing inclusive places of welcome and hospitality for LGBTQ people. Dr. Johnston earned his Ph.D. in Pastoral Psychology from Boston University in 1993, and is a licensed psychologist in Massachusetts. He worked as a therapist with LGBT clients and their families for over 25 years before accepting the call as Executive Director of the Open & Affirming Ministry program in July of 2013. He now lives in San Francisco with his partner Shannon Halkyard and their stubborn and energetic Jack Russell Terrier Fannie Mae. He is an avid sailor, cyclist, and scuba diver, and wannabe linguist.

Location:
Brentwood Christian Church
1900 E. Barataria
Springfield, MO 65804

Oct. 9, 6:30 p.m.

© Jim Mayfield 2007

© Jim Mayfield 2007

Dr. Teresa Hornsby, professor at Drury University, will lead a conversation on her new book, Transgender, Intersex & Biblical Interpretation. Dr. Hornsby received her Masters of Theological Studies degree from Harvard Divinity School, as well as a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in New Testament Studies from Vanderbilt University. Her research centers primarily on the topics of sexuality and gender in the Bible. When not teaching, researching and writing, she brews beer and plays drums in a Riot Grrrl band.

Location:
Brentwood Christian Church
1900 E. Barataria
Springfield, MO 65804