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A Conversation on Race
January 7, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
The Talbot Association of Clergy and Laity (TACL) is pleased to invite you to the fourth Sunday Supper organized by the Conversation on Race Planning Committee. The Supper will take place on January 7, 2018 at the Prager Family Auditorium at 25 S. Washington Street in Easton from 4:00 to 7:00 pm.
The Talbot County Conversation on Race “promotes understanding of issues around race and other differences and strengthens relationships so as to make Talbot County a more loving and compassionate community.” The Sunday Suppers bring together members of our diverse community for intimate dinners to exchange different views and address difficult topics and questions through civil discourse. We love the words of Henri Nouwen (1932-1996), a Dutch Catholic priest, professor, writer, and theologian, who wrote:
Hospitality means primarily the creation of free space where the stranger can enter and become a friend instead of an enemy. Hospitality is not to change people, but to offer them space where change can take place.
We also love what James Baldwin wrote:
Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.
We are planning an informative, interactive evening. The theme for this and subsequent suppers in this series is Creating a Beloved Community: A Pathway to Unity. Dr. King, whose birthday we will celebrate in January, often spoke of ‘the Beloved Community’ as his ultimate goal. Among his most compelling visions is that of a community in which people of different backgrounds recognize that we are all interconnected and that our individual well-being is inextricably linked to the well-being of others.
To lay a foundation for the evening’s conversation, Constance Morris Hope, a Facilitator, Trainer, and Executive Coach, will lead a mini-workshop entitled Our Cultural Lenses: Who Are You? Who Am I? Why Does It Matter? During dinner, you, together with your table mates, will consider several key questions related to the theme, Creating a Beloved Community: A Pathway to Unity. Each table will present a summary of its discussion to the larger group, after which we will have a full group conversation about issues that emerge.
We will conclude the evening with a conversation about ‘next steps’. We will invite you to share your thoughts and suggestions about topics and activities for the future.
We are excited! We are hopeful! We are looking forward to kicking off 2018 with this dynamic, thought-provoking program and hope that you will lend your voice to this important conversation. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org by 12/20/17.