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11/13/2016 to 11/16/2016
When: Sunday, November 13, 2016
Where: United States

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July 22, 2016

Dear CUUMA and PK colleagues,

We hope you’ve already received email notice of the program for our next Harper’s Ferry Ministerial Study Group. If not, it’s here: http://hfmsg.org/content/hfmsg-2016-flier.

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As your presenters, we are writing about how to prepare for the 2016 Harper’s Ferry Ministerial Study Group.

Essential preparation:

Read or listen to Between the World and Me by Ta'Nehisi Coates.

Watch The Sunset Limited starring Samuel L. Jackson and Tommy Lee Jones. 

If you've already read the book, please re-read it; or better yet, purchase the audio version, which is read by the author. Similarly, please watch the film in preparation for our time together even if you’ve seen it previously. You may miss some of the nuances in the book and the film the first time. They warrant deep reflection, so be prepared to go back some pages or hit re-wind (perhaps your first encounter with the book should not be as an audio book while driving!)

Additional preparation:

Bill Sinkford's 2016 Service of the Living Tradition sermon, which drew on Between the World and Me:  http://www.uua.org/ga/off-site/2016/worship/slt

“The Trouble with Forgiveness”- April 2016 Sermon by Rebecca Parker on what forgiveness requires:  http://www.all-souls.org/node/1435

What about the arts?
If you want to go beyond the social, political, and economic realities of the “myth" of race, read
Who We Be: the Colorization of America by Jeff Chang
This is a fascinating cultural history of race in post-civil rights America (mostly east/west coast) focusing on the visual arts, including comics, advertising, fine arts, and performance arts. It is written from a multi-cultural, anti-racist perspective, with more of a critique of capitalism than one expects in an art history book. It’s available in paperback and Kindle versions, but if you can get it in hardcover (available on–line used in good condition), you’ll appreciate its many illustrations all the more.

Colleagues’ blogs and sermons, such as Carl Gregg’s http://www.patheos.com/blogs/carlgregg/2015/09/what-ta-nehisi-coates-taught-me-about-people-who-believe-they-are-white/.


We would like the preparation to be as collaborative as the event itself, so please let us know if you have written a blog or sermon you’d like to contribute to the preparation for our gathering, and send us a link or attachment!

We look forward to bring with you in November!
Diane Teichert, revdteichert@gmail.com781-676-0097
Leon Dunkley, lldunkley@gmail.com651-233-6045

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