Generally you have to pack and drive to annual meeting, but not this year! So there’s a bit more time and we’ve got some ideas for how to use that extra time. In the Call Letter, there were two resources suggested for your use and if you haven’t taken a look at them yet, they’re still waiting for you.
On Tuesday night we will have the opportunity to hear Sarah Adams-Cornell who is an advocate for Native American culture, education and rights and a citizen of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma. You can find her biographical information here. Before hearing from Sarah, we think you should know Rosemary McCombs Maxey, the first Native woman to be ordained in the UCC and she lives right here in the KO Conference. So as we prepare to welcome Sarah, get to know one of our own, who is well known for her leadership throughout the UCC, Rev. Rosemary McCombs Maxey.
On Thursday Rev. Julian DeShazier will talk about the current context and “Becoming Bilingual”, communication disorders, and the Church’s need to bridge cultures, not only for the sake of “community engagement” but to bring radical justice. But before we hear and engage Julian, let’s make sure we are well prepared to connect the dots. We didn’t just “get here” by chance, we’ve been on this road of systemic racism that is both deeply and intentionally ingrained in our culture for years. In fact, some will argue that what we are witnessing in our streets today is a result of slavery; what Jim Wallace calls America’s original sin. Take some time to watch, this video resource with Bryan Stevenson — There’s a Direct Line From Lynching to George Floyd