MMSC Racial Justice & Equity Training
In June 2017, the Missouri Mid-South Conference of the United Church of Christ voted in an overwhelming majority and with passion of spirit to make requirement that all authorized ministers within its covenant participate in formal and mandated study/training focusing upon cultural diversity and racism. This was a historic and prophetic act. It was historic in that it will be a landmark decision in which future generations will look back upon and applaud the course of such believers. It was prophetic, in that it sets pathway to live into our vision of becoming a just and beloved community, challenging and deconstructing cultural bias, cultural incompetence, and racism in all its forms. This prophetic and historic action explicitly places the mantle of leadership on this issue in the hands of authorized clergy within local congregations whose callings are vested with power for transformation.
MMSC hosted its first Racial Justice & Equity Training
June 6, 2 p.m. - 9 p.m. (Wednesday before the 2018 Conference Annual Gathering)
at Columbia United Church of Christ.
This training was vetted by the Racial Justice & Equity Sub-Committee of the MMSC Covenanted Committee on Ministry and is led by Margaret Phillip. To ensure this training met Missouri Mid-South Conference standards and followed the Cultural Diversity Resolution adopted at General Synod in June of 2017, the following criteria was used:
- Involve some measure of self-reflected work; what are their biases and how did their biases form?
- Focus upon relationships; interacting with people who are racially different than oneself . . . critically examining the quality of those relationships
- Review of systems and institutions; not just individual racism but systemic and institutional forces
- Be theologically grounded; who we are as a denomination
The Racial Justice & Equity Sub-Committee of the Missouri Mid-South Conference Committee on Ministry Covenanted Ministry has worked diligently to ensure that the training meets the above criteria and focuses upon pre-reconciliation/anti-racism areas as listed below.
This entry level Anti-racism training is provided by our Mid-America Regional Pro-Reconciliation/Anti-Racism team. The schedule includes speakers, video, interactive experiences and conversation. Attendees will learn to:
Name and understand key terms/concepts related to racism
Describe current and historic examples of institutional racism, white privilege, civil and human rights in the U.S.
Explore and articulate biblical foundations for justice ministry
Engage in informed dialogue about current issues of racism and work toward reconciliation in the U.S. and in local communities
Begin to develop personal and community-based “Next Steps” to address systemic racism in participants’ own communities.
The $40 fee includes lunch and all distributed materials.