Lake Harriet United Methodist Church
This year we are reading Nikole Hannah-Jones book, “The 1619 Project – a New Origin Story.” A dramatic expansion of a groundbreaking work of journalism, The 1619 Project: A New Origin Story offers a profoundly revealing vision of the American past and present.
1619 refers to August of 1619 when a ship called The White Lion arrived in the English colony of Virginia. On board were 20-30 captive Africans who were traded to the Virginia colonists for provisions, making them the first enslaved Africans in the English colonies that will become the United States.
In this J-Term series we will talk about what history is taught, who chooses it, and how the teaching of history is revised over time. We’ll have honest and frank discussions about what was left out of the history we were taught in school, and why these missing pieces of history matter.
In addition to small group conversations, there will be a Sunday morning speaker series January 9, 16, 23, 30. Lake Harriet has invited four guests to help us process what we are reading and learning in the 1619 Project and its implication for next steps in our work to become an anti-racist congregation and people.
January 9 - Dr. Rachel Neiwert, History Professor Saint Catherine University. Dr. Neiwert will talk about history as a subject of study and why it is controversial. She’ll talk about the difference between “the past” and “history.” “History” says Dr. Neiwert, “is all about interpretation. Following her presentation, Pastor Karen will facilitate questions and conversation. https://works.bepress.com/rachel-neiwert/
January 16 - A conversation about welcoming, including, and hearing more stories. Conversation facilitated by Bill Konrardy, featuring a story by Rev. JoAnn Conroy, ELCA pastor, member of the Lakota Nation, President – American Indian Alaska Native Lutheran Association.
January 23 – Note time change for this Sunday only 11:30a
We welcome Angela Newton who is Lake Harriet UMC member Umar Williams’ aunt. She will speak about the importance of slavery curriculum for all levels of education. She will also share the Black Latin Caribbean slavery story. Ms. Newton joins us from New Jersey. Umar will facilitate conversation and questions.
January 30 – Where do we go from here? with Dr. Okokon Udo. Dr. Udo is a friend of Pastor Karen’s. He is a professor, executive coach, pastor, counselor, and entrepreneur. He has expertise in intercultural effectiveness and organizational change.
All are welcome - no need to be a member of Lake Harriet UMC to participate!
Please review the slots below and click on the button to sign up. You will be emailed the Zoom link to participate. Thank you!
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