Four Churches Working Together to Jointly Offer Racism Course to the Community

Four local churches are working to put together a fall discussion called “What Churches, Christians and Others Can Do About Racism.” The Wednesday evening classes are open to the entire community and presented by First Congregational Church, Gay Street Methodist Church, St Paul Episcopal Church and All Souls Unitarian-Universalist Church.

From September 21 to November 16th a dinner will be provided (donation requested) at 5:30 pm in the fellowship hall of Gay Street Methodist Church (18 N. Gay Street) followed by discussion in the fellowship hall at 6:30 pm. The class will center around a book discussion of readings from Rev. Jim Wallis’ 2016 book America’s Original Sin. The book is available at Paragraph Bookstore.

The class on racism will be jointly lead by Rev. Scott Elliott, Rev. Denise Marikis, Father David Kendall-Sperry and Rev. Lauren Miller. Elliott, the pastor of First Congregational Church, noted that

“Most people in our community are likely to agree that racism is a sin and that equality is something each of our citizens are entitled to, but a lot of us have trouble understanding how racism exists today and that we can and should do something about it. ”

Marikis, the pastor at Gay Street Methodist Church affirmed that

“Scott, David, Lauren and I were discussing how we might work together in our local churches to bring about a discussion on racism and we got together and created this class that includes nine sessions of discussions with one panel presentation. We hope to respectfully and prayerfully lead those in attendance through Rev. Wallis’ great book on the topic.”

Kendall-Sperry from St Paul’s Episcopal Church added that

“The hope is for us to grow in our understanding of racism in the 21st century and what we as a community can do right here in Knox County. Everyone is invited to the Wednesday meal and discussion.”

The class will begin with an open and respectful discussion on September 21 to which anyone interested is invited to attend. Books study will being the following week and continue in this order:

Sept 28 discuss up to page 32
Oct 5 to page 55
Oct 12 panel discussion about racism in Knox County
Oct 19 to page 96
Oct 26 to page 126
Nov2 to page 153
Nov 9 to page 186
Nov 16 to page 219

We look forward to seeing you there.