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Aug. 7 Gathering: Fragility at the Center

Is it possible to build community that centers the marginalized without colonizing their spaces?

It’s a difficult question, especially for those of us who have historically found ourselves in positions of societal privilege.

How can voices from the margins be amplified without reinforcing toxic hierarchies?

How can we build community with the most vulnerable without objectifying them?

How can we move beyond inclusivity to liberation?

This week at New Wineskins, we’ll continue our summer series on Community & Connectedness with a challenging conversation about what it means to center folks from the margins and how sometimes even our best efforts to be inclusive can still amount to little more than assimilation.

Our video from The Work of the People this week features Cambridge professor and author David Ford discussing the need for Christian communities to be built around the disenfranchised. After viewing the video, we’ll have a discussion about how people from traditionally privileged groups can engage in that work vulnerably and authentically.

Join us this Sunday, Aug. 7, in our New Wineskins Virtual Theology Pub for a potentially difficult yet important conversation about centering the margins not just for the sake of inclusivity, but full liberation.

*(Click here and enter your email address to preview this week’s video)

6:00pm EST: Happy Half-Hour (informal meet & greet time)
6:30pm EST: Presentation & conversation begin

Featured image: photograph of an art installation by Banksy at the Walled Off Hotel, Bethlehem, Palestine

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