First Congregational Church

Location

145 Capital Ave NE
Battle Creek
,
MI
49017
,
US

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Past Events

Thursday
Aug
10
2017
Thursday, August 10, 2017 from 7-8:30pm
7-8:30pm
The Voters Not Politicians ballot committee and grassroots organization Count MI Vote are co-hosting Redistricting Reform Town Halls across Michigan, and we're coming to Battle Creek! This is an opportunity for voters to learn about gerrymandering and discuss solutions. It will start with a fun and engaging introduction to the facts, then move into a discussion to hear from you and your neighbors. Like any good town hall, your ideas and concerns will be heard, your questions answered, and your input used to design change that reflects the will of Michigan voters. Admission is free, and all Michiganders are welcome (including young ones)! However, space is limited, so please reserve your spot by RSVPing online.
Friday
May
2
2014
Friday, May 2, 2014 at 9am through Saturday, May 3, 2014 at 5pm
9am through Saturday, May 3 at 5pm
March 7 & 8, April 4 & 5, and May 2 & 3, 2014 Doing Our Own Work is an intensive seminar for white people who seek to deepen their commitment to confronting and challenging racism and white privilege where they live, study, and work. It is our conviction that those of us who are white need to "do our own work" โ€“ educating ourselves, confronting racism, holding each other accountable, and demonstrating good faith as we seek to build genuine and lasting coalitions with people of color. Doing Our Own Work is designed as a supplement to, not a substitute for, contexts where people of diverse races discuss and strategize together how racism can be challenged. People from communities all across North America have taken part in this intensive seminar. Here is what some of those participants say about the experience: "Doing Our Own Work is life-changing. It has affected my choice of where to live, what do with my life, where my priorities lie, everything." "After attending Doing Our Own Work, I am much more willing to take risks as a white person when working alongside of, and in solidarity with, people of color." "Doing Our Own Work gave me a broader and deeper knowledge of anti-racism, white privilege, my people's history, and the way oppression functions." If you are a white person who is ready and eager to do some deep and soul-stretching work with other white anti-racist allies, Doing Our Own Work is the place for you! The seminar consists of more than 40 hours of "class time." Anti-racist action and reflection form the heart of Doing Our Own Work. Each participant is invited to identify a "sphere of influence" in her/his life that will serve as the focus of action and reflection. Utilizing input from the leaders, assigned readings, videos, group discussion, and structured exercises, participants explore the following topics and issues: The four realms of racism: personal, interpersonal, institutional, and cultural Historical roots of racism in the U.S. Movements for racial justice in the U.S. White privilege and unearned advantage How to be an effective anti-racist ally Cultural appreciation versus cultural appropriation Discerning our spiritual resources for change Practicing the skills of interrupting racism Strategies for institutional change The facilitators are committed to working with participants to create a respectful, loving, and truth-telling environment where we may bring our whole selves to this vitally important work. Dates: March 7 & 8, April 4 & 5, and May 2 & 3. Attendance at all six sessions is required. Facilitator Team: Melanie S. Morrison, Aaron Wilson-Ahlstrom, and Emily Joye McGaughy-Reynolds (bios). Facilities are barrier-free. Cost: $475 ($100 deposit and $375 balance due). The balance may be paid in installments extending beyond the close of the seminar. The cost includes program, materials, and lunch for all six days. Partial scholarships are available. Enrollment limited to 16 participants. For information about the seminar or about partial scholarships, contact Melanie Morrison. To Be Placed on Waiting List: THIS SEMINAR IS FULL. To be added to the waiting list, please submit a registration and $100 deposit. If an opening does not become available, your deposit will be refunded.
Friday
Apr
4
2014
Friday, April 4, 2014 at 9am through Saturday, April 5, 2014 at 5pm
9am through Saturday, April 5 at 5pm
March 7 & 8, April 4 & 5, and May 2 & 3, 2014 Doing Our Own Work is an intensive seminar for white people who seek to deepen their commitment to confronting and challenging racism and white privilege where they live, study, and work. It is our conviction that those of us who are white need to "do our own work" โ€“ educating ourselves, confronting racism, holding each other accountable, and demonstrating good faith as we seek to build genuine and lasting coalitions with people of color. Doing Our Own Work is designed as a supplement to, not a substitute for, contexts where people of diverse races discuss and strategize together how racism can be challenged. People from communities all across North America have taken part in this intensive seminar. Here is what some of those participants say about the experience: "Doing Our Own Work is life-changing. It has affected my choice of where to live, what do with my life, where my priorities lie, everything." "After attending Doing Our Own Work, I am much more willing to take risks as a white person when working alongside of, and in solidarity with, people of color." "Doing Our Own Work gave me a broader and deeper knowledge of anti-racism, white privilege, my people's history, and the way oppression functions." If you are a white person who is ready and eager to do some deep and soul-stretching work with other white anti-racist allies, Doing Our Own Work is the place for you! The seminar consists of more than 40 hours of "class time." Anti-racist action and reflection form the heart of Doing Our Own Work. Each participant is invited to identify a "sphere of influence" in her/his life that will serve as the focus of action and reflection. Utilizing input from the leaders, assigned readings, videos, group discussion, and structured exercises, participants explore the following topics and issues: The four realms of racism: personal, interpersonal, institutional, and cultural Historical roots of racism in the U.S. Movements for racial justice in the U.S. White privilege and unearned advantage How to be an effective anti-racist ally Cultural appreciation versus cultural appropriation Discerning our spiritual resources for change Practicing the skills of interrupting racism Strategies for institutional change The facilitators are committed to working with participants to create a respectful, loving, and truth-telling environment where we may bring our whole selves to this vitally important work. Dates: March 7 & 8, April 4 & 5, and May 2 & 3. Attendance at all six sessions is required. Facilitator Team: Melanie S. Morrison, Aaron Wilson-Ahlstrom, and Emily Joye McGaughy-Reynolds (bios). Facilities are barrier-free. Cost: $475 ($100 deposit and $375 balance due). The balance may be paid in installments extending beyond the close of the seminar. The cost includes program, materials, and lunch for all six days. Partial scholarships are available. Enrollment limited to 16 participants. For information about the seminar or about partial scholarships, contact Melanie Morrison. To Be Placed on Waiting List: THIS SEMINAR IS FULL. To be added to the waiting list, please submit a registration and $100 deposit. If an opening does not become available, your deposit will be refunded.
Friday
Mar
7
2014
Friday, March 7, 2014 at 9am through Saturday, March 8, 2014 at 5pm
9am through Saturday, March 8 at 5pm
March 7 & 8, April 4 & 5, and May 2 & 3, 2014 Doing Our Own Work is an intensive seminar for white people who seek to deepen their commitment to confronting and challenging racism and white privilege where they live, study, and work. It is our conviction that those of us who are white need to "do our own work" โ€“ educating ourselves, confronting racism, holding each other accountable, and demonstrating good faith as we seek to build genuine and lasting coalitions with people of color. Doing Our Own Work is designed as a supplement to, not a substitute for, contexts where people of diverse races discuss and strategize together how racism can be challenged. People from communities all across North America have taken part in this intensive seminar. Here is what some of those participants say about the experience: "Doing Our Own Work is life-changing. It has affected my choice of where to live, what do with my life, where my priorities lie, everything." "After attending Doing Our Own Work, I am much more willing to take risks as a white person when working alongside of, and in solidarity with, people of color." "Doing Our Own Work gave me a broader and deeper knowledge of anti-racism, white privilege, my people's history, and the way oppression functions." If you are a white person who is ready and eager to do some deep and soul-stretching work with other white anti-racist allies, Doing Our Own Work is the place for you! The seminar consists of more than 40 hours of "class time." Anti-racist action and reflection form the heart of Doing Our Own Work. Each participant is invited to identify a "sphere of influence" in her/his life that will serve as the focus of action and reflection. Utilizing input from the leaders, assigned readings, videos, group discussion, and structured exercises, participants explore the following topics and issues: The four realms of racism: personal, interpersonal, institutional, and cultural Historical roots of racism in the U.S. Movements for racial justice in the U.S. White privilege and unearned advantage How to be an effective anti-racist ally Cultural appreciation versus cultural appropriation Discerning our spiritual resources for change Practicing the skills of interrupting racism Strategies for institutional change The facilitators are committed to working with participants to create a respectful, loving, and truth-telling environment where we may bring our whole selves to this vitally important work. Dates: March 7 & 8, April 4 & 5, and May 2 & 3. Attendance at all six sessions is required. Facilitator Team: Melanie S. Morrison, Aaron Wilson-Ahlstrom, and Emily Joye McGaughy-Reynolds (bios). Facilities are barrier-free. Cost: $475 ($100 deposit and $375 balance due). The balance may be paid in installments extending beyond the close of the seminar. The cost includes program, materials, and lunch for all six days. Partial scholarships are available. Enrollment limited to 16 participants. For information about the seminar or about partial scholarships, contact Melanie Morrison. To Be Placed on Waiting List: THIS SEMINAR IS FULL. To be added to the waiting list, please submit a registration and $100 deposit. If an opening does not become available, your deposit will be refunded.