Adult Education

New Adult Learning Opportunity —  Unpacking Racism

A Word from Mandy Beal:

Over the past year, I had the opportunity to participate in several community-wide discussions about race.  One of the most common themes that I heard was, “I just don’t know how to talk about race.”  It has been my experience that many people feel that they are not equipped to enter into discussions about race, even if they are concerned about racial inequality in our country.   Often times, they are afraid that they might say “the wrong thing” and hurt someone or cause offense.

This fall, I am happy to co-lead an 8-part Adult Religious Education series: “Unpacking Racism.”   Please join me and my colleague, Aisha Ansano (Ministerial Intern, First Church Boston) for this opportunity to engage issues of race and racism in a safe and supportive environment.  We will use a book called Waking Up White as our primary text.  Written by Winchester native Debby Irving, this is an easy read.  It is personal and relatable, using no jargon or dense theory.

We will meet in the Window Room (2nd floor of the Parish House) 7-8:30pm on the following dates: 9/27, 10/4, 10/11, 10/25, 11/15, 11/29, 12/6. Waking Up White is available on Amazon starting at $10 for Kindle edition.  Books can be made available at a reduced cost.  People interested in this class should RSVP by emailing mandy@firstparishinlincoln.org or calling 857-208-3482.