March 16, 2020
It is with sincere disappointment that due to the heightened risk of COVID-19 transmission, we must relay the decision of the Pacifica Synod Equity and Diversity Workgroup and our Bishop Andy Taylor that we postpone the Undoing Racism Workshop at Luther Glen that was planned for April 27-29.
At this point, we are not clear about rescheduling yet, but we have lifted this up as a high priority as a synod, so we look forward to further planning as it becomes reasonable. Information will be posted on this page and sent out to our email distribution list.
In the meantime, if you have already paid your registration fee, we will be refunding it to you in the next few days. If you paid by credit card, your refund will be applied directly to the same card. If you paid by check, a refund check will be sent to you or your congregation, depending on the payee.
We appreciate your understanding and patience as we all navigate through these unusual and uncertain times. If you have any questions, please contact Terri Robertson at the synod office at 714.352.8732 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The fabric of racism is inextricably woven into the structures of every system and institution in our society, including the church. The workshop will focus on understanding what racism is, where it comes from, how it functions, why it persists and how it can be undone through effective anti-racist organizing with, and in accountability to the communities most impacted by racism.
This will be a faith-based anti-racism workshop that will explore how to bring about change within the church and how the church can participate in ending racism in society. By the end of the workshop, participants will be enabled to take further steps in the long-term task of creating an anti-racist church.
This workshop is open to lay and rostered leaders and will fulfill the 2019 Pacifica Synod resolution requirement for rostered leaders to complete an anti-racism/diversity training at least once every three years. The workshop is limited to 40 participants.