Ending G.Race Dialogues––
Frequently Asked Questions
Does this mean the G.Race Dialogues Training will never happen again?
Not necessarily. I have a few more trainings on the calendar with a couple of Atlanta-area churches. Grace Midtown Church, specifically, has two trained facilitators who will be able to lead workshops whenever they want. Given my role at Plywood People, I may occasionally use G.Race Dialogues content in future workshops or trainings. But the “end” of G.Race Dialogues mostly means that I will no longer proactively scale the work or expand the brand.
What is your new project about?
I have encountered many organizations over the years that have chosen to diversify but lack the organizational skills to sustain and optimize diversity once it begins to happen. This upcoming year (2019) I’m launching a project to research what make diversity so hard for organization. On this journey I hope to aggregate insights to how we can better practice diversity, create belonging, and do really meaningful work.
I want to keep learning about racial reconciliation and justice. Who should I follow?
Definitely follow Latasha Morrison’s work with Be the Bridge to Racial Unity. If you’re interested in better understanding whiteness check out the work of Daniel Hill and Robin DiAngelo. If you’re a woman of color looking for hope and refuge, follow Austin Channing Brown and bell hooks.
If you’re an executive leader of a church or organization, follow Plywood People because we are about to create resources for you.
If you are a lone person of color working in a majority white organization, or one of a few people of color on your team, please email me; I would love to connect with you and hear your story as I bring this new project to life.
Does Grace Midtown Church still have a reconciliation ministry?
Yes, absolutely! You can learn more about their Local Outreach and Reconciliation Ministry by emailing Danny Wilson, the Local Outreach Coordinator: firstname.lastname@example.org.
How do I keep up with you and whatever you’re up to next?
Do you still have hope for change?
Hope is a funny thing. Some would say it’s a function of privilege. Only those of us with enough wealth can be so confident in today’s provision and security that we have time and energy to fuss about tomorrow. But I digress…
At the end of the day, whether we solve the problem of racism or not, I think it’s worth it. It’s worth seeing one person’s eyes opened. It’s worth experiencing one more degree of healing. It’s worth one more step towards justice and reconciliation. As Avot de Rabbi Natan once said, “Do not be afraid of work that has no end.”
This is our invitation. Our efforts for change are hope embodied.