We are overwhelmed with grief at the continued neglect, mistreatment, and violence committed against the black community and people of color. As followers of Jesus, we can't stand by silently while our brothers and sisters fight for their lives every day simply because of the color of their skin. 

We are facilitating conversations with our adults, youth, and children so that we are no longer sitting in ignorance, but wake up to the injustice happening all around us. Join us in seeking justice by taking the first step... listening.

He has told you, O mortal, what is good;
    and what does the Lord require of you
but to do justice, and to love kindness,
    and to walk humbly with your God?
Micah 6:8 (NRSV)

 

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Adult Discussion

Zoom Meeting
Tuesday, July 14
7 - 8:30 pm

Join a book discussion around Trouble I've Seen: Changing the Way the Church Views Racism by Drew G.I. Hart, led by Laura O'Reilly on July 14. We encourage you to order and read the book in advance. Please read the below synopsis.

What if racial reconciliation doesn't look like what you expected? The high-profile killings of young black men and women by white police officers, and the protests and violence that ensued, have convinced many white Christians to reexamine their intuitions when it comes to race and justice.

In this provocative book, theologian and blogger Drew G. I. Hart places police brutality, mass incarceration, anti-black stereotypes, poverty, and everyday acts of racism within the larger framework of white supremacy. He argues that white Christians have repeatedly gotten it wrong about race because dominant culture and white privilege have so thoroughly shaped their assumptions. He also challenges black Christians about neglecting the most vulnerable in their own communities. Leading readers toward Jesus, Hart offers concrete practices for churches that seek solidarity with the oppressed and are committed to racial justice.

What if all Christians listened to the stories of those on the racialized margins? How might the church be changed by the trouble they've seen?

"This book is a gift from the heart of one of the sharpest young theologians in the United States. Hold it carefully, and allow it to transform you--and our blood-stained streets."--Shane Claiborne, author of The Irresistible Revolution

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Youth Discussions

A conversation with youth about race and justice
July 16 @ 7pm

Following a conversation for parents, we will host a panel for youth to hear from counselors and church members about racial justice, how they can be a force of good in the community, and be an ally to people of color. This will be featured as a Zoom webinar. Please use the orange sign-up button below to receive the Zoom passcode.

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Kids Discussion

Julie Hawkins, Director of Children and Family Ministries, leads a conversation with kids and parents about racial justice and loving people who don't look like us. If you would like a set of multi-cultural crayons of the world, contact Julie Hawkins at juliehawk@tmumc.org

Click below to download the activity sheet shared by Julie in the Trietsch Children's Facebook Group or to see a list of recommended children's books to encourage conversations about race and diversity with your children.

Recommended Books→

Activity Sheet→

Podcasts on Race

Tune in to our podcasts on race and subscribe to Trietsch Podcasts on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or Spotify for upcoming conversations on race.

Upcoming Podcast Episodes

  • June 21 & 28 - Michelle Rae shares her ongoing fear for her children as a black mother and why she has joined the Black Lives Matter movement.
  • July 5 & 12 - Rev. Daniel Humbert has two adopted black children and shares his experience of white privilege while his children face racism.
  • July 19 - Chipo Makwakwa is an immigrant from Zimbabwe with two children born in the US. Explore racism through the eyes of an African immigrant.


 

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