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Adult Forum: Uncompromising Focus on the Marginalized (Discussion Session)

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Date:
November 8, 2020
Time:
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Last week, Jim Stowe, Director of the Montgomery County Office of Human Rights, spoke to us about the marginalized in our community and how the zip code in which one lives can determine health or illness, success or failure, life or death. He spoke to us about how we can take five actions to help — Listen, Learn, Acknowledge, Engage, and Take a Stand — and provided specific examples.  He urged us to do some further research, for example:
  • Read the 1852 Speech of Frederick Douglas on July 4th of that year, the most cutting indictment on slavery and its accomplices made by the great orator, abolitionist, writer and social reformer. As you read the case against slavery please replace the word “slavery” with “racism.”
  • Watch Richard Rothstein’s  lecture on Silver Spring (filmed by Jay Mallin!).  See also this short video of the national issue by the same speaker and author of The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How our Government Segregated America.
If you missed the forum, please see the recording here.

 

Please join us this Sunday at 11:00 am by Zoom to unpack all this in a discussion led by Sari of the fourth pillar of biblical justice: an uncompromising focus on the marginalized. We will consider the following questions:
  • Who, in this context, situation or conflict, has the least power or advantage?
  • Who has the least voice and influence?
  • Who has the fewest resources?
  • Who are the alien, oppressed, poor?
This is intended to be a safe space for us to consider our role in what was, what is, and what will be. We welcome all forms of respectful participation and you can join just to listen if you are not comfortable sharing. We are all on this journey together.

Discussion Questions:

  • Who, in the context, situation, or conflict, has the least power or advantage?
  • Who has the least voice and influence?
  • Who has the fewest resources?
  • Who are the alien, oppressed, poor?

You can join the forum on Zoom only. To get Zoom meeting information, email office@stjohnsnorwood.org and sign up for our mailing list.