You want your congregation to be more effective at connecting with others. However, the current climate of division in our culture can prevent us from reaching out to those who are different from us. Cultivating empathy can go a long way towards becoming a better neighbor and ally, making your congregation a more welcoming place for diversity.
Join Dr. Alma Zaragoza-Petty and Jason Petty (a.k.a. Propaganda) as they share from their education and experience to introduce new ideas and demystify old ideas related to social justice and faith. They will help equip you and your congregation to develop a better understanding of, and deeper empathy for, the “other.”
Topics will include exploration of social identity theory in light of the Christian scriptures, critical race theory, feminism and collaboration. These ideas are not being presented as the only way to understand the world, but rather as one of many ways to move you and your congregation to being a better neighbor.
The workshop will also feature specific activities and tasks that you can adapt in your own congregations to develop a fuller sense of empathy across racial and gender lines.
If you are a leader who wants to help your congregation develop relationships with those different from you, this is a good workshop for you to attend.
Dr. Alma Zaragoza-Petty has a deep commitment to empower others to live up to their calling. A speaker, writer, educator and podcast co-host, Zaragoza-Petty has more than 20 years of experience working with first-generation students from working-class backgrounds. Jason Petty is a Los Angeles-based rapper with a degree in illustration and intercultural studies. His name comes from his zeal to convey his message in every artistic form possible: art, poetry, rap, preaching, and teaching.
This workshop is 9 a.m.-4 p.m. (Eastern time) Thursday, December 6, 2018 in First Congregational United Church of Christ, Indianapolis. The cost is $30 per person. When congregational teams of three or more register together, the cost is discounted to $25 per person. This fee includes continental breakfast, lunch and workshop materials.
Workshops limited to Indiana congregations.
How can you maximize your learning in this workshop and others? Check out this Center for Congregations article, "Getting the Most from an Education Event."