Many of us in the Black community and beyond have had some experience with the local church. Many of us were raised in the church, some of us are the offsprings of parents who may have dedicated their lives to the ministry. And unfortunately, many of us have had encounters with people who work in ministry who have hurt us in a variety of ways–to the extent that many of us do not want to be associated with organized religion and attending church.
This discussion is being launched because not only do we understand, but we can identify with you. But it’s time to embrace your restoration!
Join the Rev. Donald M. Bell, Dr. Zanita Kelly, and Dr. Carla Michelle–all of who have extensive background and experience in this area–as they endeavor to unveil and unearth the past pains of church hurt, disappointments, insensitive encounters, personal violations, and abuse of biblical principles, and a variety of other experiences, in an effort to bring true healing from these past encroachments.
As always, the event is free but you must register.
We look forward to seeing you on Saturday, June 5, 2021, from 11 AM to 12:30 PM PST!
As a conversation starter, we are sharing this video, The Black Church: This Is Our Story, This Is Our Song a moving two-part series from executive producer, host and writer Henry Louis Gates, Jr., the Alphonse Fletcher University Professor at Harvard University and director of the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research, that traces the 400-year-old story of the Black church in America, all the way down to its bedrock role as the site of African American survival and grace, organizing and resilience, thriving and testifying, autonomy and freedom, solidarity and speaking truth to power. The documentary reveals how Black people have worshipped and, through their spiritual journeys, improvised ways to bring their faith traditions from Africa to the New World, while translating them into a form of Christianity that was not only truly their own, but a redemptive force for a nation whose original sin was found in their ancestors’ enslavement across the Middle Passage.