New Discussion Series! Exploring Uncomfortable Conversations on Racism

Since February 2020, a small group of parishioners – led by Lois Pulliam and Sylvia Cowan – have met monthly to explore our country’s racial divide. We’ve exchanged personal stories on racial issues, read books, watched videos and movies, gathered resources, and learned a great deal.

We’d like to share what we have learned and are now offering a short discussion series to all parishioners.

We invite you to a safe and supportive Zoom space where we can openly explore how racism impacts our lives and everyday actions, and the changes we can make now to address this important issue.

Sessions will be based on the book Uncomfortable Conversations With a Black Man by Emmanuel Acho and accompanying video conversations from his YouTube channel. Acho’s short but powerful book is an essential guide to conversations we all need to have in order to increase our understanding and our capacity to act and change.

An introductory session will be held on Tuesday, February 1 from 7:00 PM -7:45 PM via Zoom and will be open to everyone. Folks interested in registering for the subsequent 3-part series can then sign up for those sessions — which will be held via Zoom on the following Tuesdays: February 15, March 1, and March 15 from 7:00 PM – 8:15 PM. Those signing up for the 3-part series are expected to attend all sessions, then read a short section of Acho’s book and watch ashort video before the next session. Each session will include facilitated, open discussions for the entire group as well as in breakout rooms. Acho’s book will be available for purchase at a steep discount prior to the first session.

For more information, please contact Sylvia Cowan ( or Lois Pulliam ( with Subject line: “Racism Conversations.”