SPIN Midweek Interfaith Dialogues announces a special session on “Black Lives Matter.” Through a short video Rev. Osagyefo Uhuru Sekou, Associate Pastor of Formation and Justice at the First Baptist Church of Jamaica Plains in Boston, and representative of the Fellowship of Reconciliation, who has done training in non-violence in Ferguson, MO, will reflect on the role of religious leaders and communities in responding to recent events and the systems and injustices that have stimulated them. Three local religious leaders will also reflect on the situation and their concerns. Rev. Rob Eller-Isaacs, Co-Minister at Unity Church-Unitarian, Damon Drake, local Muslim leader and others will share comments and respond to questions in large group dialogue, followed by small group dialogue among all present.
Questions such as “What is the role of white and other religious leaders/communities in responding to the current situation, and to the systemic racism underlying it? What would “deep solidarity” look like? What is the effect of protests and why participate or not? What is at the heart of the matter for each of us? Sessions are free, open to all and will be held at the Saint Paul Area Council of Churches, 1671 Summit Ave., St. Paul, MN 55105. Doors open at 11:30 a.m., light refreshments/beverages provided; bag lunches welcome.