Lenten Listening Project

How do we develop the ideas and feelings we hold about “race”? When did we first realize there were people who were not the “same color” we were? And how did we feel about that? What other people and events in our lives have molded the views we hold today?

As part of our Lenten practice, St. Matthew’s will take part in a small-group listening project around race.


This project grew out of our work with the SURJ Faith arm of the national group SURJ (Showing Up for Racial Justice) and our New Connections group here at St. Matthew’s.

Some members of our parish took part in a similar exercise last October. This Lent we are expanding it parish-wide.

We hope this exercise will help us capture parishioners’ history through our personal stories about race. We all have them — even if we have not thought about it. We’ll do this through a small-group exercise.

These small group exercises will take place at the following times:
Sat., Mar. 18, 1p (Clingman)
Sun. Mar. 19, 9a, 11a, 4p (Clingman)
Tues. Mar. 21, 6p (Rm. A)

Each group of 3 to 4 people and facilitator will take part in a simple 45-minute exercise that past participants have found fascinating.

Sign up here to join one of the sessions.

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