History of New Connections at St. Matthew’s

In the fall of 2015, a group of St. Matthew’s parishioners attended the first Empower West Louisville event, held at St. Stephen Church, described as ” a summit addressing economic development in Louisville’s West End, marking the beginning of a long-term effort to affect sustainable transformation.”

As a result, our group began an effort to learn more about racial disparity and racism. We called our group “New Connections.”

In summer, 2016, some of us became involved with the Louisville chapter of Showing Up for Racial Justice (LSURJ) and the national SURJ Faith project.

In Oct., 2016, our “Addressing Racial Injustice” workshop began the work ofaddressing racial injustice by exploring our own individual experiences and attitudes.

We broadened this work in Lent, 2017, offering small-group exercises as part of Sunday education.

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