Reparations involves making amends for a wrong that has been done, taking action to repair torn or frayed relationships. In a contemporary context, reparations often refers to taking action to repair the damage done by the legacy of slavery and the ongoing impact of systemic racism. Opinions on reparations run deep; information, on the other hand, is frequently shallow. Restoring relationships is a central theme of Jesus’s teaching. As we grow into our anti-racist identity as a congregation and as Christians, what do we need to learn about restoring relationships and making amends for past wrongs?
Throughout the summer and fall, we’ll be taking periodic looks into reparations from a variety of perspectives. This Sunday, Jennifer Clark will lead us in a conversation about reparations from the perspective of two poets’ works. To more fully appreciate their writings, she’ll first provide a brief overview of how our country has tackled reparations in the past. The class will meet in the Parlor at 11:15am.