Are you ready for a difficult but important discussion?
You are invited to join us at up/rooted.west next Tuesday (not Monday) May 20 from 7-9pm at the Gino's East in downtown Wheaton for a honest and open discussion on the issue of race and the emerging church. The emerging church has often been accused of merely being another movement by white suburbanites. Whether or not that is true, the reality is that none of us want it to be only that. So let's come together to talk about what needs to be done to make sure that diversity is happening, and what in our own lives or communities needs to change to make sure it does.
It hasn't been confirmed yet, but we are also hoping to be joined by a few friends from ERAC/CE in SE Michigan, and Crossroads Anti-Racism Team here in Chicago to help us have this conversation. I hope that you will also join us and contribute your experiences and questions to the dialogue.
BTW, there have been a number of good posts out there on this topic recently. I'd encourage browsing a few of them in preparation for next Monday:
Rebecca (our up/rooted.city coordinator) has posted two reflections on this topic, here and here. They're a must read.
Steve Knight (Charlotte, NC cohort leader) has a great post with links to many other articles up at the Emergent Village blog.
See you there!
P.S. Don't forget that up/rooted.south will be meeting this Thursday (May 15) at 7pm in Mokena to talk about Compassion International and about networking in the Chicago area for social justice efforts; Emerging:SeWi will also be kicking off in Kenosha that same night; and up/rooted.city will be meeting next Monday (May 19) at Wicker Park Grace for a follow-up to the Everything Must Change Tour.