Courageous Conversations Toward Racial Justice is a monthly series of dialogue-centered programs on racism and privilege designed to address racial healing and justice in our community.
Each month the Courageous Conversations leadership team, in partnership with the Milton Interfaith Clergy Association, brings together a diverse group of people representing a wide array of life experiences, circumstances, and choices.
All events are open to the public. Anyone can attend a meeting whether or not they have attended in the past. To receive e-mail reminders of upcoming events, you are welcome to join our newsletter list. For more information, visit our website at courageousconversations-milton.org.
History of the School to Prison Pipeline
- When? Monday, March 18th, from 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
- Where? Church of Christ, 330 Edge Hill Road, Milton, MA 02186
- Topic: Join us for an event to learn more about the history of the School-to-Prison Pipeline. Click here to RSVP.
Service Project: Blessing Bags
- When? Friday, April 19, from 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
- Where? Parkway United Methodist Church, 158 Blue Hills Parkway, Milton, MA 02186
- Topic: Join Courageous Conversations in a service project to assemble Blessing Bags. Each Blessing Bag contains personal care items for unhoused individuals. Click here to donate or RSVP.
Guest Speaker Byron Rushing
- When? Wednesday, April 24, from 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
- Where? Milton Public Library, 476 Canton Ave, Milton, MA 02186
- Topic: Byron Rushing will deliver a historic overview of slavery. Click here to RSVP.
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We believe that racism impacts all of us and operates in our community, country, and world on a personal and systemic level. Through a monthly series of dialogues on race and privilege we hope to build a movement in which we hold ourselves and one another accountable to understanding, interrupting, and ending systems of white supremacy and racism. We believe this movement will be fostered through the hard work of personal transformation in an individual, interpersonal, and communal context.
Theory of Change
Deep, authentic community is formed when we recognize our shared humanity through a commitment to dismantling systems of power in which some lives are systematically valued and protected above others. We believe that within such a community we can build mutually respectful, trusting relationships through which we will work together to take moral action toward dismantling racism in our lives, families, homes, and communities.
The Courageous Conversations Toward Racial Justice program was created on the principle that racism impacts all of us. We recognize that understanding, interrupting, and dismantling internal and external racism is lifelong work and cannot just be achieved by a series of seminars.
Interpersonal: Engagement with and relationships with people across various lines of difference is an essential element of this work. As we come to know one another we will recognize the inherent dignity within each of us, find common ground, and learn from one another in trusting, authentic community.
Communal: We have a duty to understand how racism operates in our own communities and how we can leverage our skills, talents and vision to address inequality on the communal level. The more we become aware of the systems that oppress people, the more we are able to cooperatively dismantle them.
Courageous Conversations Leadership Team
Rev. Rachael Pettengill-Rasure – Church of Our Saviour, Milton
Karen Groce-Horan – Church of Our Saviour, Milton
Rev. Hall Kirkham – St. Michael’s Episcopal Church, Milton
Rev. Jennifer McCracken– St. Michael’s Episcopal Church, Milton
Janette Briceno – Church of Christ, Milton
Robert Maxwell – Church of Christ, Milton
Rev. Lisa Ward – First Parish Milton
Debbie Alsebai – First Parish Milton
Betsy Disharoon – First Congregational Church, Milton
Rev. Zenetta Armstrong – Church of the Holy Spirit, Mattapan
Annette Correia – Parkway United Methodist Church