Following the TED Talk and Conversations that were held last summer and fall, we have invited the BRRICK Team from our Synod to lead us in growing deeper in our understanding of racism and in growing as effective allies in relationship with minority communities. Much is in the news about the uptick in racially motivated crimes and as Christians we affirm that our response is to be one of providing safety, belonging, and breaking down barriers to an equitable life for all people.
BRRICK (Building Racial Reconciliation in Christ’s Kingdom) works within our Synod to break down barriers and build bridges between various communities in a metro area that is often divided by race. They will work with us in understanding how the structure of racism works and how it has worked in metropolitan Detroit. We also will have an opportunity to reflect on the ways racism has worked in our own lives.
BRICCK will lead us in three Saturday morning experiences on the last Saturdays of March and April from 9 am – 12 noon. With a focus on metro Detroit all who wish to be a part of this experience are asked to read the book The Origins of the Urban Crisis: Race and Inequality in Postwar Detroit by Thomas Sugrue. Our last class (the date will be determined by class participants) will be a tour of sites important to the quest for racial justice in the city of Detroit.
Please see Pastor Sharon with any questions. We look forward to having the BRRICK team with us for these discussions.