Let's learn together from the book of Acts!
For the first time, Highrock is providing the opportunity to enroll in a top-tier Black history course created by Justified Anger, an initiative of Nehemiah Center for Urban Leadership and Development, which is a grass-roots community development program cultivated by our sister church, Fountain of Life Covenant Church, in Madison, WI. The goal of Justified Anger is three-fold: to empower Madison’s Black community to determine their own solutions, to address long-standing racial disparities that affect social and economic outcomes, and to partner with agencies and leaders towards the desired result of a stronger and more equal community. However, though rooted in and inspired by the racial environment of Madison, the Justified Anger Coalition seeks to educate and empower anyone seeking to walk the road towards racial justice in America, regardless of their hometown.
Highrock will be partnering with Nehemiah to offer Justified Anger’s Black-led and Black-created history course Black History for a New Day, which invites participants to courageously explore the connection between America’s current racial dynamics and its history, with an eye towards pursuing justice personally and collectively. Geared especially towards non-Black allies or would-be allies in the fight for justice, this course aims to root participants in a historical understanding of today’s racial disparities in order to forge a path towards equality, compassion, and stronger communities in the future.
Earlier this year, several of our staff and lay leaders had the opportunity to take the Black History for a New Day course and all came away challenged and energized to put into practice what they learned about America, its history, and themselves. You may remember a few of their testimonials featured during Highrock at Home over the summer. Now we are excited to announce that all Highrockers have the opportunity to sign up and engage with this important and relevant topic.
Registrants will receive access to the course videos and associated documents, and will be assigned a Small Group with whom they will discuss the course content. Please note that Small Groups assignments will be based on racial/ethnic identity in order to facilitate healthy processing and growth. Each week participants will watch a video lecture on their own time featuring history professors from University of Wisconsin - Madison and then will meet with their Small Group over Zoom at an agreed upon time for 90 minutes to debrief and process. The fee for the course is $225, and financial assistance is available.
If you have felt convicted or challenged by the racial conflict you have witnessed in your own life or on the news, this is an excellent course to develop a deeper understanding of what you are seeing and then take action to address it. All are invited and encouraged to sign up for this perspective-broadening course. Groups begin meeting the week of September 26th.
For more details, please contact Pastor Meghan at firstname.lastname@example.org