September 20th - October 25th
"Make my joy complete: be of the same mind, having the same love,
being in full accord and of one mind." Philippians 2:2
At Portland Mennonite Church, we are committed to the work of racial justice.
Our commitment is ongoing, multifaceted and ever-growing. The events of this past summer have been a clarion call for us. We know that Black lives matter to God, and it's been amazing to watch how the Holy Spirit has compelled us, our children and our church to learn, speak, act, work and hope for racial justice.
As we continue to get ourselves involved, we are going to begin our fall with learning. Tobin Miller Shearer, cofounder of the Damascus Road Anti-Racism Training, has just put out an online training for congregations with informative videos and reflective questions all via an online tutorial. This training will allow us as a congregation to grow together in "the same mind" and have "the same love." Even if you have been a part of other anti-racism classes or trainings, we encourage you to join us as we journey as a whole congregation through this six-week training (Sept. 20th- Oct 25th).
We are on a journey. These steps seem small, but we trust that God uses the foolish things of this world, the small things of this world, and turns them into trees where birds can come and find rest. Join us as we move towards the kingdom of God and justice for black and indigenous people of color.
To allow as many people as possible to do this training, there are TWO different ways you can participate:
Adult Education Class on Sunday Morning
Gather online on Sunday mornings from 9:30-10:30 am via Zoom. This class will go through the online tutorial TOGETHER with large group discussions.
Discussion Trios (Self Scheduling)
As an alternative to our Adult Ed class, we are offering small groups of three for deeper conversation and flexibility in scheduling.
If you choose this option, on Monday, September 21st you will receive the names of your two discussion partners. You will INDIVIDUALLY go through the online tutorial (i.e. watch the videos and answer Tobin's questions). and meet once a week for 40 min. with your trio to talk through what you've been learning, questions you have, and emotions that have arisen.