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Community Day of Learning, Reflection, and Action

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Date: 3/5/2014

The Columbia Seminary Faculty, supported by the Student Coordinating Council, has voted unanimously to set aside Ash Wednesday (March 5, 2014) from 9 am to 3 pm for a mandatory “Day of Learning, reflection, and action toward becoming the beloved community of Christ.”  ALL students, faculty, staff, and administration are required to be a part of this time, and spouses, trustees, and others are also invited.

Working on the kind of unity to which God calls us in the midst of our diversity requires special effort.  It doesn’t just happen on any level whether we are thinking about a family, a congregation, a city, or a nation.  As a seminary we are committed to becoming more fully formed followers of Christ and better prepared to contribute in wise, healthy, and imaginative ways to the community that God is building throughout the Church.  This is so important, that sometimes we have to lean into this work in a special way.

The day will be coordinated by the Committee on Community Life/Discrimination & Inclusiveness, and we envision a day of presentations and facilitation by a team of outside leaders, followed by small group conversations, a community lunch, and a closing worship time.  Offices will be closed (except for essential services) and all classes will be suspended that entire day so that everyone may participate. More information will be provided at the beginning of Spring term.



9:00 am  Plenary Session.  Refectory.  Richards Center.  Seated around tables in mixed groups of staff, students, faculty, trustees, spouses and partners.  Break at 10:30 a.m.

            ● Opening prayers

            ● Introductions and reason for the day and purpose of the day

            ● Discussion around the need for this conversation

            ● Understanding the sociological context

            ● Introducing definition of racism

            ● Discussion of power relative to racism

Noon   Lunch

1:00 pm

            ● Antiracism as an intervention

            ● Introducing the language of resistance

            ● Values & a path forward

2:00 pm  Ash Wednesday worship in the sanctuary of the Columbia Presbyterian Church.

The day will end at 3:00 pm but the work of learning, reflection, and action toward becoming the beloved community of Christ will be ongoing. Offices will be closed and classes suspended so everyone may participate.