Our SJA Antiracism ministry recently attended a screening of "Harriet" and enjoyed dinner beforehand. This film tells the story of the incredible Harriet Tubman, who devoted her life to liberating those who were enslaved. We were reminded again of the history of slavery and racism that we continue to confront as a nation and a church, and we were also reminded of the power of the arts and storytelling to inspire and challenge us. As Richard Rohr says, "Humans are made to feel empathy, but sometimes fear or self-interest blocks the flow of love in us. Art can help us reconnect with our humanness."
Our Antiracism team has visited the MN African American Museum and Cultural Center, attended a performance of Blackout Comedy Improv, and a recent production of "Crowns." We are grateful to this ministry for continuing to offer our community new ways to engage on the journey to becoming an antiracist church.