Listen, Learn and Live Together: Session 2

Listen, Learn and Live Together: Session 2

How might things in our culture be different if people of all races chose to communicate with one another and choose connection over conflict? Join Rev. Wallace Butts in this three-part series as he seeks to help you and your congregation develop deeper levels of understanding for all people by sharing our own unique stories and perspectives. Come develop your ability to listen, learn and live – together.

These three sessions will be held in Zoom Meeting in which attendees will participate via microphone and camera. Each session will include breakouts to allow participants to talk with one another about the subject matter of the session.

Session 1: What if Racism is not THE problem?
We'll take a cursory look at the journey of blacks in America and examine the strategies and outcomes of various stages of that journey for what worked and didn't work. 
Breakout session will focus on the question, “If racism is not the problem, what is?”

Wednesday, February 22 | REGISTER FOR THIS WORKSHOP
2:30 - 4:00 PM EST 

Session 2: The Biblical response to "Neighbors."
We'll take a deep dive into the story of the Good Samaritan and examine why Jesus told this story in response to a a question about what it means to Love God and Love Neighbors. 
Breakout session will focus on the question “who is my neighbor?” and implications of justification.

2:30 - 4:00 PM EST  

Session 3: What does compassionate reconciliation require?
We are often afraid that a compassionate response to the felt needs of a "Neighbor" means that we have to agree with and hold their ideological stances as our truth. This perspective leads to ever-increasing division along racial lines. 
Breakout session will focus on Justice, Mercy, and Humility and the question, “What progress could we make addressing racial reconciliation issues from the L3 perspective”?

2:30 - 4:00 PM EST 



Wallace_ButtsWallace Butts is a community leader, entrepreneur, public speaker, father, and advocate for youth aging out of foster care. His passion is to give young adults the necessary tools to discover who they are, help them heal, become part of a strong family unit and build a legacy. Prior to becoming the Executive Director of Love Community Center in 2008, Wallace had a 20-year tenure in Information Technology as a Test Engineer with Tokheim Corporation and as a Business Systems Analyst with Parkview Health in Fort Wayne. In 2012, he became the Lead Pastor after the ministry he founded, Kingdom Builders Fellowship, merged with Love Church. Wallace not only pastors, but oversees all of the operations of Love Community Center: Love Auto Repair (LAR), which opened in 2010 and FaMBET: A Forever Family, a Mission for Business & Entrepreneurial Training which was launched in 2015.

Wallace has been a strong voice within the Fort Wayne Community and has been involved with the Allen County Department of Health COVID-19 Faith Community Team convened by Dr. Deborah McMahon, the former Allen County Health Commissioner. He is also one of the founders of the L3 Initiative, an organization dealing with racial reconciliation and healing. Originally from Norfolk, Virginia, he and his wife Carla call Fort Wayne home. They have five adult children and have been blessed with three grandchildren.