Race + Justice Speaker Series

CCFC Race and Justice Speaker Series Spring 2017

Some of our core values as a church are racial reconciliation, social justice, and urban ministry. To further these values, our Urban Missions Committee (UMC) is coordinating a Race and Justice Speaker Series that aims to educate our congregation on issues of race through a biblical and personal lens in the police, incarceration, education, and church systems. Everyone is invited!

Classes are on Sundays from April to May 21, between services in the CCFC Basement (note that the April 30 class is meeting at a different than the other classes). Learn more about each class below. For more info, email umc [at] ccfc-church.org.

Download the Race + Justice Speaker Series flyer here (PDF file)

APRIL 23 / 11:15 AM
"The Biblical Basis for Racial Reconciliation"
Denise Rosetti, CCFC Pastoral Staff
Curious about what the Bible says about race? Join us for an overview and discussion of some of the primary Old and New Testament scripture passages about race, racial reconciliation, and God’s people. If you took this class at CCFC in the past, you're still welcome to attend!
APRIL 30 / 12:30 to 2 pm / lunch provided, please rsvp
"Race and Policing"
Christine Elow, Deputy Superintendent, Cambridge Police Department
Kessen Green, Director of Outreach & Community Programs, Cambridge Police Department
Facilitator: Heidi Shin, Public Radio Reporter & Producer
The Cambridge Police Department will talk about current issues around race and policing, ways to interact and engage with police, and lessons learned while policing our city. Please RSVP (appreciated but not required) to
umc [at] ccfc-church.org.
MAY 7 / 11:15 AM
"Race and Education"
Natasha Warikoo, Associate Professor of Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education
The author of The Diversity Bargain and Other Dilemmas of Race, Admissions, and Meritocracy at Elite Universities will discuss how race affects educational pathways and ways that we can advocate for a more equitable system for all. 
MAY 14 / 11:15 AM
"Race and Mass Incarceration"
CCFC Urban Missions Committee
Watch excerpts of the movie 13th, then participate in a facilitated group discussion on the topic of mass incarceration. 
If you are interested in watching the full movie beforehand, it's available on Netflix, or you can watch it at the home of a CCFC member the week of May 8. For details about the home viewings, email umc [at] ccfc-church.org or click here
MAY 21 / 11:15 AM
"God’s Redemptive Work in a Racialized Society"
Liza Cagua-Koo, Assistant Director, Emmanuel Gospel Center 
Megan Lietz, Applied Research Associate, Emmanuel Gospel Center 
Explore practical ways that the Church can address racism and contribute to God’s redemptive work in a racialized society.
PLUS, join us for...
"Living a Cross-Shaped Life in the Trump Era"
Thursday, April 20 
Central Square Public Library
45 Pearl Street, Cambridge, MA
6:30 - 8:30 pm
Join the CCFC family to share and listen about life vertically (with God) and horizontally (with neighbor) in the current political climate. Diverse perspectives and hopes for Christian and community response welcome. 
This event will be followed up by smaller groups meeting in people's homes in Dorchester, Harvard Square, and Central Square.
RSVP and learn more: www.ccfc-church.org/cross-shaped-life or email april.ognibene [at] gmail.com