As we have been asking “Who is My Neighbor?” our past few Lenten seasons, and after a powerful six weeks talking about the history of race last Lent, we are deepening our conversations about race this year and looking more specifically at how racism plays out in our own lives and communities--especially around education and housing.
We are grateful to the Westwood Lutheran Memorial Foundation, especially the Prazak Visiting Scholar Fund, Donald Bell Adult Education Fund, and the Endowment Fund for generously funding our Lenten series and ongoing conversations about race this year.
"Christian Theology and Race: Exploring Biblical Concepts and Contemporary Racism"
Led by, Dr. Darrell Jodock, Professor Emeritus Gustavus Adolphus College
"How race has impacted on the ground realities in our local school system, and also issues that impact the opportunity gap"
Led by, Astein Osei, Superintendent of the St. Louis Park Public Schools
* For more information on the Education Constitutional Amendment referenced in Superintendent Osei’s talk, click HERE.
Race in Education
Led by, Dr. Lee-Ann Stephens, Racial Equity Instructional Coach at the St. Louis Park schools, joined by deaders in the education field from Westwood participates in a panel reflecting on their own experiences of race in education, including how it influences their own leadership.
"Jim Crow of the North"
A documentary produced by Twin Cities Public Television about housing inequality in the Twin Cities, and the history and policy that has shaped unequal housing access here. It is about an hour long. If you only have 15 minutes, watch Kevin Ehrman-Solberg’s "The Geography of Inequality" TED Talk on the same subject that covers some of the same material but goes less in-depth.
MEET THE WWU SPEAKERS
Dr. Darrell Jodock
Professor Emeritus Gustavus Adolphus College
Superintendent of St. Louis
Park Public Schools
Dr. Lee-Ann Stephens
Racial Equity Instructional
Coach at St. Louis Park
Pastor Babette Chatman
Campus Pastor, Augsburg University
Co-Founder of the Mapping Prejudice Project, PBS special “Jim Crow of the North”
Pastor Paul Slack
Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota
Pastor Kelly Chatman
Executive Director for the Center for Leadership and Neighborhood Outreach
With Dr. Darrell Jodock as our guide once again, we have another great line-up of guest speakers coming.
All Sessions begin at 9:50 AM and end at 10:40 AM in Good Shepherd Hall.
March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, and April 5.
We welcome Pastor Kelly Chatman, Pastor Babette Chatman, and Pastor Paul Slack into our pulpit on 3 of the Sundays in March. Using the ancient text of this season from the Gospel of John, the sermons will explore these rich Gospel stories where living water, new sight, evil, new birth, and dying and rising take us on a baptismal journey.
12 PM services will be 30 minutes in the Sanctuary,
a time of short reflection.
6 PM Messy Lenten Worship for families in the Westwood Room.
6:30 PM services will feature a different musical ensemble each week, and will follow the Sunday Gospel stories with a brief reflection by one of your Pastors, meditative music, and prayers.
March 4, 11, 18, 25, April 1
* March 18 - Twin Cities Gay Men's Chorus
We are honored to have the TCGMC back and sharing music from their upcoming concert titled "Erased," looking at people and groups at risk of being ignored.
Racial Healing + Reflection
Wednesday evening starting March 4, 7:15-8:15 PM, following wroship. Come discuss the complicated topics of race we'll be exploring during the season in a smaller, trusted space where we can process and reflect together. Groups facilitated by a member of our Racial Equity Team. The groups run for 5 Wednesdays, but there will be one drop-in group you can attend when it works for you.
Sign up by Ash Wednesday, February 26. Talk to Pastor Miriam with questions or to register.
March 4, 11, 18, 25, April 1
Dr. Darrell Jodock, will join us once again and will wrap up our Lenten series “Who Am I? Deepening Our Conversations About Race.” We are grateful to Dr. Jodock for helping us frame this series theologically as we explored housing and education in our communities through the lens of race.