The following is from Pastor Goligher from First OPC Sunnyvale explaining this seminar:
Our church is organizing a special online event on the topic of race. The quick details are at the bottom of this email, but let me share why I’m excited about this event (if you don’t have much time, at least check out this video).
Over the past year there was much discussion of “systemic racism,” “white privilege,” and “implicit bias.” Many people are wondering, though, whether these ideas are actually helping us live together in peace.
Last summer I enjoyed reading a book that provides a powerful and personal analysis of the problem of race, and also charts a hopeful path forward. The book is “Not Tragically Colored: Freedom, Personhood, and the Renewal of Black America.” The author, Ismael Hernandez, not only explains the issues and their history, but also offers reflections from his own experience growing up as a Marxist revolutionary in Puerto Rico.
Today, Mr. Hernandez works, teaches, and writes on issues of race, poverty, and human dignity. He founded the Freedom and Virtue Institute. He is also a lecturer with the Acton Institute, and a scholar with 1776 Unites (read his latest essay here). His amazing personal story is summarized briefly in this video.
One of his activities for the Institute is conducting workplace seminars on diversity and inclusion—seminars that are proceed on very different principles than the usual fare offered by most employers. In this event, he will share some of this material to show how a true appreciation for diversity and inclusion starts not with a focus on our differences, but on our common humanity.
There is no cost to join this event. We hope that you will find it helpful as you consider how to pursue truth, justice, and kindness in your family, church, workplace, and neighborhood.
I hope you will join us.
Pastor Calvin Goligher
- When: February 27, 10:00am-12:30pm (Pacific time)
- Where: This is an online Zoom event. You can register here for free.
- Who: Mr. Ismael Hernandez is the author of Not Tragically Colored, and the director of the Freedom and Virtue Institute.
- What: Two sessions, plus some time for Q&A.
- Anthropology: What it Means to Be Human and Why it Matters
- Theories of Race: How to Tackle this Crucial Problem
- How the Zoom event will work:
- We have a large number of attendees signed up, so this event will be more like a webinar.
- Feel free to turn your video on so that Mr. Hernandez can see you as he’s teaching, or leave your video off if you’d prefer.
- There will be a way to submit questions throughout the event, and Mr. Hernandez will answer some or all of them at the end.