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 Starts January 7

During the first month of the new year, adult formation will offer one forum in Roper Hall at 10:15 on Sunday mornings entitled Racial Healing and Understanding. This 3-week class will include lecture, theological discussion, and small group reflection. We’ll start with a brief history of how white privilege came to be and some specific instances of it here in Dallas.  Along with the history of the things we’ve done wrong, we’ll also look at some histories of some successes, including church-led models of reconciliation, and talk about a scriptural approach that may provide guidance as journey toward a better a place of healing. This course aspires to be one way we can continue the conversation required to confront racism in our church and world.  It is taught by two parishioners from Episcopal Church of the Ascension: Annelies Moeser, a Ph.D candidate in Biblical Studies at Brite Divinity School (TCU) focusing on the Gospels, feminist approaches, and the material world of the New Testament; and Dr. Stephanie Cole, associate professor of history at University of Texas-Arlington.  She teaches and writes about the history of race, gender, sex, and work.