- Sunday | January 18, 2015
- 6:00 pm
- Trinity UMC | 4001 Speedway | Austin, TX 78751
“Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.”
~Martin Luther King, Jr.
Inspired by the legacy of Dr. King, America’s Sunday Supper invites people from diverse backgrounds to come together to share a meal, discuss issues that affect their community, and highlight the power each one of us has to make a difference. Join us at Trinity United Methodist Church (4001 Speedway) on January 18, 2015 from 6-8 pm, for Sincere Ignorance and Conscientious Stupidity: A Conversation on Race, Privilege, and Power – an open conversation and guided discussion on racial dynamics and how to combat racism and other forms of systemic discrimination in our community here in Central Texas. As they did last year, Jeremy Solomons and Dr. Kazique Prince will create a safe space and provide thought-provoking questions and activities. This is a potluck Peace Through Pie Social – so bring a pie (savory or sweet) to share!
RSVP Please RSVP at bit.ly/SundaySupperEvent if you are planning to attend. Everyone is welcome and an RSVP is not required in order to attend, but it will help us get a general sense of how many folks for whom we should plan.
In order to nurture meaningful dialogue, the facilitators encourage everyone to do some pre-work before this event. Here’s what you can do:
- Think of someone you see as being different from you. The difference may be something visible, such as race, gender, or ethnicity, or it may be something invisible, such as education, religion, or sexual orientation.
- Approach your chosen individual at an appropriate time – preferably in person – and arrange up to 30 minutes to speak with him/her in a quiet, private place. Explain why you are doing this and be prepared for some initial hesitation. Think beforehand why this person may be reluctant to speak to you and come up with ways to increase her/his willingness and comfort in talking with you.
- When you begin the interview, engage in some small talk to get a sense of your interviewee’s personal background. Ask questions such as, “Where is your family from originally?”, “How long have you lived in this area?”, or “Where did you move from?”
- Explore the topic of difference more explicitly. Ask questions such as, “What has been your experience of difference in school, the workplace, or elsewhere?”, “Has this difference ever made you feel uncomfortable or excluded? If so, how?”, “How have you usually dealt with such situations?”, and “How is your life at work different from your life outside in terms of difference?” Please be sensitive to your interviewee’s feelings and concerns. Give him/her your full, undivided attention. Avoid asking too many questions, sharing your own stories, interrupting, or taking notes. Be sure to thank your interviewee in person and even in writing afterward. Do not share what you heard with anyone else without the interviewee’s permission.
- When you have time later, ask yourself some questions: What did I learn from this conversation? What surprised me? How comfortable was this for me to do? Why? Why not? What additional questions does this raise for me?
- Self-reflection: Please think of a time when your or someone else’s diversity was NOT valued. What happened? Why do you still remember this situation? What upset or surprised you about it? How was the situation handled then? How could it have been handled differently? If you cannot recall a situation, what might this mean for you personally?
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