How do we, as faithful people, continue the conversation on race that Barack Obama has so eloquently opened? (March 18, 2008)
First, we encourage you to view the speech in your congregation or discussion or covenant group. You may wish to provide some grounding definitions of Liberation Theology (if you have someone with such expertise) as well as racism and privilege.
You may wish to divide the group into smaller subsets (with or without facilitators) to consider the questions that follow. Following the discussion, you might want to consider dividing the gathering into identity caucuses (assuming you have sufficient people of color) to further reflect on this experience, and then reconvene as a group of the whole to share again.
Here are some Sample Questions to guide your conversation:
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