Race and Hope

We are located in a part of the city where the racial and ethnic divides are clear.  But so is the call to embody God’s reconciling and uniting love.  In this intersection, a number of people at the Branch have been hearing God call them to act — to take steps that would create in them the capacity to love more fully and act more justly.  

As we’ve been hearing this call, we’ve been invited to join others from Hope Reformed Church (Burton and Kzoo Ave.) throughout 2016.  Hope is beginning to lay the groundwork for starting a multi-ethnic, multi-cultural church service in 2017.  This groundwork will be laid by (1) sharing regular meals with those in the community who want to further racial reconciliation and (2) growing in character and capacity through training.  

Anyone at the Branch with a desire to participate is encouraged.  Here’s an upcoming calendar.  If you’re thinking of attending, drop chris@thebranchonline.org a note.

February 3 & 17 Building Belonging Potluck.  These potlucks are spaces to build relationships and build cultural awareness.  Bring something to pass.
February 13 – Jazz Concert; an event open to the public at which the vision of this service will be shared
March 2 & 16Building Belonging Potlucks
March 5 – Cultural Agility Training; 4 hours with the Woodrick Diversity Learning Center
March 12 – Ebony Road Players Presents, “Having Our Say.”  This is a play, open to the public.  The vision will be shared.


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