Intercultural Ministries

Continuing Together call series

Continuing Together – The Conversation

An emerging conversation that takes place virtually, deepening the dialogue within our denomination about race, class, ethnicity, power, poverty/wealth, and other aspects of national and individual identity that too often are reduced to simplistic soundbites and binary dichotomies. As Christians and as Brethren, we are called to a new identity rooted in our faith, the grace of God moving in our midst, our connection with others in the body of Christ, and agape — a complex, encompassing love that surpasses human understanding.

Join Our Upcoming Calls

Remembering the History: Alters and Idols

Thursday, June 14th at 12:00 EST (11:00 am Central, 10:00 am Mountain, 9:00 am Pacific)

Last summer, the nation's attention was riveted to Charlottesville, VA as people from around the country came to rallies around the removal of a Confederate Monument turned violent. It is a dynamic that is continues around the country and the national dialogue that reveals how divided in our national understanding of how to commemorate and acknowledge our racialized history. It can be difficult to talk about the places they hold, the feelings they inspire, the history behind them, and the future for them. Shenandoah District Executive, John Janzti, will be co-hosting the call and providing Scriptural-base introduction that will include both Old and New Testament reflections on idols, alters, temples, and slave labor to invite reflection on how our faith can shape our understanding and challenge the status quo.

As tools to guide and inform this call, please watch:

To participate in the conversation:
Video: https://redbooth.com/vc/bf7e59b8fcb74dac
Phone: dial +1 415 762 9988. Your meeting ID is 973478884

To catch up on past calls, get notices about upcoming calls, and join the conversation please follow the Continuing Together blog series, part of the Church of the Brethren blog.

To submit a suggestion for future calls – topics, video resources, and hosts please email Gimbiya Kettering.

JULY

Wakanda on a Hill: Why We are Still Talking About Black Panther

Thursday, July 19th at 12:00 EST (11:00 am Central, 10:00 am Mountain, 9:00 am Pacific)

Back by popular demand – a second conversation about Black Panther, which has become a cultural phenomena reframing the conversation around race and culture. And considering the ways the country of Wakanda has a message for Christians.

Resource Tools: the Black Panther Movie (now available for rent and purchase)

Please read: Where the Small Town Dream Lives On, essay published in the New Yorker by Larissa MacFarquhar

Co-hosted by Samuel Sarpiya, Founder of Rockford Community Church and Center for Nonviolence and Conflict Transformation, 2018 Annual Conference Moderator

AUGUST

Country Road, Take Me Home: Why are We Talking about West Virginia

Racial Righteousness: What Happened during the Preconference Training Dikaios & Discipleship

SEPTEMBER

Frappuccino Next Door: Gentrification and Loving Mixed-Income Neighbors

Beyond Swords and Bayonets: Dunkers at Antietam and during the Civil War

OCTOBER

Beyond Swords and Bayonets: Dunkers at Antietam and during the Civil War

It’s Not Just Iowa: Does Diversity Matter if my Community is All White?

NOVEMBER

30 Days of Learning About Native Americans

In honor of Native American Heritage Month Intercultural Ministries will be leading a 30 day challenge to widen our awareness and understanding. Each day there will be a resource tool connected to Native American history, culture, tradition. There will be a call every Thursday that month except November 23rd.

FAQ

What is the Continuing Together Conversation?

An emerging virtual space (options to join by video/computer and audio/telephone) for those seeking to bring faith-based perspectives, Scriptural reflections, and Brethren theological-culture to the secular concerns and trends about race, culture, ethnicity and other identity-focused ideas. By reflecting and sharing together about our experiences, stories, and the Biblical stories and passages that inspire us, we can hear one another’s testimonies, explore together the love that God holds for all of us and build bridges over the wide spaces in our culture. When we encounter these conversations in our communities and other spaces in our lives we will have had practice having these conversations and tools for speaking up and speaking out based on our faith.

Who is invited?

YOU! These calls are open to all!

Before you get here – please watch/read/listen to the resource tools that are going to ground and guide the conversation. Please take a moment to prayerfully reflect on your journey and connections to the topic –and realize that others who are the call will also bring personal connections and stories. Our stories are going to be different from each other and we share them in the spirit of agape, a love that listens to the differences and accepts that God’s love is wide enough to embrace those differences.

If a topic is too intense for you to participate in a community call but you want to find space to be part of a conversation, please contact Gimbiya Kettering directly to explore alternative ways to be involved.

When?

Thursday afternoons for now. Keep a look out for a survey in the upcoming months to determine how this is working and if we need to change this.

Do I have to attend all the calls?

You can attend just one call – depending on your interests and availability. For those who attend more than one call, there will be opportunities to see links and commonalities.

How do you decide the topic?

As the national conversations and popular culture twists around issues that also connect deeply with the souls and life experiences of individuals based on their culture, race, and ethnic, Intercultural Ministries seeks to find ways to have conversations within our denomination.

A good topic needs to have an easily accessible resource (i.e., video, movie, podcast, article) that brings a story and shares multiple perspectives on an issue.

If there is a topic that feels important to you, please email us.

Can I be a Co-Host?

We welcome people who have personal connections, experiences, and passions to co-host a relevant call. You can nominate yourself or someone else when you submit a topic for discussion. It is very helpful if you can participate in at least two other calls and/or in-person Intercultural Ministry events before co-hosting, so you get a sense of the structure of the calls and our community conversations before cohosting.

How do I join the call?

This call is accessible by computer video or telephone audio. Please check the Intercultural Ministries website page or Facebook Page for more information and links.