RCCI Community Forums
Thank you for your interest in RCCI's Community Forums! Our forums seek to create a space where people of all races can come together to build community, learn from one another, and discuss issues related to race that the Church should be discussing but that most people will rarely hear about from the pulpit. They are designed for people who are at least at an intermediate level of racial awareness and looking for a multiracial, Christian community with which to earnestly explore challenging topics related to race and the Church.
See below for our upcoming community forums and click here to RSVP.
Oct. 18th - Liberation Theology: Why the Bible Must be Read from the Margins (Haris Domond) - One of the most profound beliefs in the Christian faith is that God in Jesus Christ is both universal and particular – that he is both the all-powerful Creator and a man who suffered as we do. It is too easy, however, to primarily engage with the Gospel through a universal lens, especially when living in a dominant culture. This fall Theology Forum will explore the importance of also engaging the Bible through the lens of the particular – noticing the ways in which God identifies himself with those who are suffering and marginalized, and making the case that Christian theology is necessarily liberation theology.
Haris Domond - Haris Domond is the Principal of Equity Impact Associates. He decided to launch Equity Impact Associates after realizing that many organizations that valued racial diversity and inclusion were not equipped to move closer to these objectives without expert guidance. Using his graduate-level training in race and theology from Harvard, as well as his experience in for-profit and nonprofit corporations, Haris leads Equity Impact Associates in its mission to help clients design and create cultures, operations and programs aligned with racial equity.
Haris holds an AB in Government from Harvard College and an MTS from Harvard Divinity School, where he was an HDS Dean’s Fellow.
Nov. 8th - A Lived Theology from the Margins: Why Changing The Name of Faneuil Hall is Good Public Theology On Race In Boston (Brother Kevin C. Peterson) - Racism is undoubtedly one of the "powers and principalities" that dominate American culture, politics -- and even the body of Christ. The Apostle Paul says that we must be wary of such powers and the "rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places" (Ephesians 6:12). For Bostonians who are also Christians, how do we recognize racism as for all that it is? And how do we engage in deep discernment and evangelical witness against such powers? Faneuil Hall, named after the slaver, Peter Faneuil, is an icon in the city of Boston that symbolize racial animus and historical forms of human denigration. Historical forms of social division based upon race has become pronouncedly normative. What are we fellow Christians in Boston to do in light of this reality and how do we bring forth repair and reconciliation? This is the focus of the discussion.
Kevin C. Peterson - Kevin C. Peterson is founder and executive director of The New Democracy Coalition, a non-partisan and non-profit organization that focuses on civic engagement in Massachusetts and across the U.S. Mr. Peterson studied philosophy and politics at Boston University and is currently a Senior Fellow at the Center for Collaborative Leadership at the University of Massachusetts in Boston. Among numerous awards, Mr. Peterson has been cited by the U.S. Congress and the Massachusetts House of Representatives. He has lectured across the U.S. and in the continent of Africa, including the countries of Mali, Senegal and Morocco. He has appeared in local and national media, including writing a regular column in the Boston Herald, Basic Black, Nightline, Time Magazine and the New York Times.
Transportation & Accessibility: EGC’s new home in Dorchester, located at 44 Moultrie St., is a short walk from Shawmut station on the redline and on the bus routes of the #23, 22, and 26. Parking is available in the front of the church, located at 600 Washington St., that can be accessed via Centre St.
The room we will be holding the forum in is accessible to those who are differently abled.
Free event, donations welcome: Fall forums are free to attend, though we invite you to make a suggested donation of $10 per forum at www.egc.org/race-give to help cover the cost of our meal and invest in RCCI’s ministry.