The Journey

of 100 Feet

This 12 month journey is being offered to provide opportunities for education and developing relationships through cultural experiences.  By participating on this journey, we actively seek out ways to learn and connect through experiences that teach us about others’ stories.

Our hope is that through these experiences with a group we will increase our appreciation of diversity and seek to be anti-racist in our church and greater community.

What to expect

A year of experiences aimed at helping participants learn and grow in relationships with others who are different from themselves culturally and ethnically. Each month, members will have the opportunity to go through an experience with the group and debrief afterwards.

Through April we will:

  1. Learn: from a panel of diverse people about their everyday experiences living as people of color in West Michigan
  2. Listen: in way that brings understanding of how cultural differences impact communication, information, and experience
  3. Love: the differences that ethnicity and culture bring to the Kingdom of Jesus
  4. Live: into diverse relationships, experiences and perspectives intentionally.

After every experience, members will discuss the following three topics:

  1. What did you learn that you didn’t know before? What was new to you?
  2. How did it make you feel to participate?
  3. What is your next step?  Who will you talk to about this experience? What are you going to do with what you’ve learned?

The Journey

November

November 30: Dinner and Panel discussion

Join us as we learn from a panel of diverse people about their everyday experiences living as people of color in West Michigan

January

January 18: Listening to Learn

Join us as we practice listening in way that brings understanding of how cultural differences impact communication, information, and experience. We will participate in several exercises intended to equip us to listen well! Dinner will start at 6:00p (Thai food!) and our discussion will begin at 6:30p in the Commons.  Let us know you are coming to dinner here.

February

February: Created to be different

God has intentionally created different ethnicities and cultures.  Join us as we dive into His Word to gain perspective about the richness diversity can bring to our church and His Kingdom.

March

March: Living into Diversity and Unity

Have you ever been confused about how national conversations of race relate to where we live? Or don’t quite understand some of the terms that are used when people talk about race relations? Join us on March 15th as we welcome Esther Fifelski to help answer some of our questions. We will have dinner together at 6:00p, and our conversation will begin at 6:30p in the Commons. Let us know if you’re coming for dinner here

April

April: Next Steps

On the 19th, several local organizations will join us for the Journey (I AM, Community Action House, Bethany Christian Services, etc.) to share how to put some of the things we have been learning into action. Dinner will be soul food from our own Roger Johnson! Dinner at 6:00p, conversation begins at 6:30p in the Commons.Let us know you are coming for dinner Here.

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