Tuesday, October 05, 2010

FYI: Engaging in the Discourse on Race: A Conversation

A good friend of mine Susanne Alexander gave me a heads up about this upcoming session at Lou Helen Baha'i School. This is very timely and much needed. I hope that many Baha'i Thought readers, especially those in the Mid-West will be able to attend. If you do, I'd love to hear about your experiences and learning. Check it out:
October 29 – 31

Engaging in the Discourse on Race: A Conversation

Sponsored by the Association for Bahá’í Studies and the National Spiritual Assembly’s Office of Communications
Confirmed “principal discussants” include: Joy DeGruy, Tod Ewing, Lex Musta, Mark Perry, William “Smitty” Smith, and Phyllis and Gene Unterschuetz (others pending)

This session is an exploratory conversation to distill learning about how Bahá’ís can participate effectively in the discourse on race in the United States, striving for the vision placed before us in the 2010 Ridván Message of the Universal House of Justice. How can we strengthen our capacity to transform the current social reality of race through the teachings and power of the Revelation of Bahá’u’lláh?

This special weekend gathering, co-sponsored by the Association for Bahá’í Studies (North America) and the National Spiritual Assembly’s Office of Communications, is open to all. Through learning from the greater community as well as Bahá’í writings and experience, we will consider ways to develop capacity to engage in the discourse on race, whether in personal conversation, in our neighborhoods and communities, through our occupations, on campus, through publishing, by participation in gatherings, by interacting with civic groups and organizations, etc. (See 2010 Ridván Message, paras. 28 & 30.)