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Presbyterian Outlook Webinar: Helping Churches Talk About Racism


90-minute Presbyterian Outlook webinar | Tuesday, October 29, 2019 at 2 p.m. ET / 11 a.m. PT (with on-demand video replay available after the live event)

Presented by Carolyn B. Helsel

If you are in one of the many predominantly-white Presbyterian congregations across the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), chances are that racism isn’t a topic that gets addressed from the pulpit unless there’s a major news event of a hate crime. Many people avoid talking about racism for a number of reasons: worry that they will say the wrong thing, the belief that avoiding the subject will make race less significant or the fear of creating conflict in the church.

In this webinar, participants will learn how to:

  • Tell their own stories of how race and racism have impacted their lives.

  • Name their own emotions as an important part of the process.

  • Create spaces in the church’s shared life together to work against racism.

Who should participate? Preachers, church leaders, Christian educators, youth leaders and all interested people of faith would benefit from this webinar as they seek to better understand the complexities of the sin of racism — and how we as Christians are called to work against it in our churches, communities and society.