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“Doing Racial Harmony”: A Workshop by RAAN at #TGC15

Jemar Tisby

Maybe you’re convinced that Americans, and Christians in particular, need to take racial reconciliation seriously. But maybe you’re also looking for practical ways to do that. This is where “Doing Racial Harmony” will help.

“Doing Racial Harmony” is a workshop presented by the Reformed African American Network (RAAN) at The Gospel Coalition National Conference 2015. But this won’t be a workshop where you come in, take notes (or not) and leave without any specific or lasting changes to show for it. Our sole goal is to give you concrete, actionable steps you can immediately implement to move towards racial harmony in your context.

The workshop will include three 12-minute presentations addressing a discrete topic concerning racial harmony. Between each session you’ll have a few minutes to discuss and process with the people around you. The presentations (tentatively titled) are as follows:

1. Acknowledging and Overcoming Your Implicit Bias- Jemar Tisby
2. How to Build Relationships Cross-Culturally- Trillia Newbell
3. The Dos and Don’ts of Racial Reconciliation- Thabiti Anyabwile

Maybe this workshop will give you some new connections that can help you with racial reconciliation in your context. Maybe you’ll add a few more tools to aid you in working out the multi-ethnic dimensions of the gospel. Maybe you’ll be inspired to take action on an idea you’ve already had. Come prepared to be challenged, think, and share a few of your thoughts.

This presentation comes in the middle of an important day of gospel-centered talks about race. Just before our session there will be a plenary panel called “Biblical Foundations for Seeking God’s Justice in a Sinful World” which will include: Thabiti Anyabwile, Tim Keller, John Piper, Don Carson, Miguel Núñez. Later that evening there will be a special session entitled “Seeking Justice and Mercy from Ferguson to New York” with Alex Medina, David Kennedy, Cecil Smith, Bethany Jenkins, K. Edward Copeland, and Robert Lang.

“Doing Racial Reconciliation” takes place on Tuesday, April 14 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. Boxed lunches will be available for purchase nearby. No RSVP necessary, but come early because space is limited.

Visit our “Contact Us” page to send us a question or request more information. See you there!

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