Five Years Since Ferguson: Addressing Race Relations in Modern America

It has been five years since Ferguson, Missouri was at the center of national news for the shooting death of Michael Brown. The city erupted into protest, buildings were looted and damaged, and factions were divided as the state and country reacted to his death. At the epicenter of the incident were the issues of race and racial profiling. This case was not simple, and neither are the issues. Five years later, America is still struggling with race relations. 

At this year's Annual Assembly, the workshop titled The Love of Christ Impels Us: Becoming an Anti-Racist Parish addresses the topic of race relations. The description is as follows:

Since 2014 and the Ferguson uprising, the parishioners of College Church in St. Louis have been asking some hard questions about their role in racial inequality. How has it been ignored? How has it been supported? How has change been implemented? Anti-racism goes beyond simply avoiding racism, and is an effort to oppose and dismantle racism and to promote racial equity. For many reasons, including the USCCB's recent pastoral letter against racism, College Church is working to become an anti-racist community.

Presenter: Katie Jansen Larson, Parish Administrator, St. Francis Xavier (College) Church, St. Louis University, St. Louis, MO

If you're interested in learning more about how College Church is working to better race relations in their church, be sure to register for the Annual Assembly online, and mark The Love of Christ Impels Us: Becoming an Anti-Racist Parish as one of your two top workshop selections.

August 9, 2019 - 3:07pm

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