Thursday, April 30 – 8:30 am – 4:00 pm
Fellowship Hall of First UMC-Hurst
521 W. Pipeline Rd. Hurst, 76053
Our hearts broke when Atatiana Jefferson, a young African American woman in Fort Worth was murdered in her own home by a local police officer. At that time, Bishop Lowry brought together African American pastors for a dialogue. As a conference, we are taking the next step needed to raise awareness with all clergy and congregations.
This Spring our district will be hosting a training event for appointed pastors in the East District to come together in dialogue regarding intercultural relations, self-awareness, understanding the landscape of culture, understanding Biblical/theological foundations for healthy race relations. Dr. April Johnson Bristow, Associate Pastor at First UMC Richardson and Rev. Adam Young, Senior Pastor Fist UMC The Colony will lead this event which will also include an important practical piece where participants work in groups to talk through and prepare a response to a case study.
The Cabinet has recently read and discussed the book The New Jim Crow, (which I highly recommend!!!). My prayer is that through the exchange of dialogue, we might find mutual ways to understand each other and partner in ministry.
Below is a link to a video presentation from its author. This video would be a good primer for our conversation:
We will provide food as we work through lunch. In order to know how much food we need to prepare please RSVP at the District office…email@example.com.