Join us every Sunday at 9:30 am in the Fireside Room.
Sunday February 7 – What is Privilege? With Kevin Skwira-Brown. As we strive to be inclusive, as individuals and as a community, we must be willing to deal with privilege. Yet privilege is a concept that is too often misunderstood and as a result is unnecessarily accompanied by defensiveness. Come learn what privilege really is and assess what its existence means for us as we strive to be inclusive. (Please note this is a change from the the previously scheduled forum for that Sunday.)
Sunday February 14 – Winnie LaPrairie will join us for this Sunday’s Adult Forum at 9:30am in the Fireside Room. Many of us here at Peace Church have purchased wild rice that Winnie’s husband harvested before his death. She speaks to us in gratitude. Come hear her story on Sunday at 9:30am in the Fireside Room!
From a story on MPR: Winnie LaPrairie’s voice quivered as she recounted the days-long fight last February to save her husband’s body from an autopsy that would disrupt his journey to the spirit world: a request to release his body rebuffed, a court order that yielded no immediate results, and hours standing in the cold in protest. “I still could not take him home. I was heartbroken,” LaPrairie, a member of the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, told state lawmakers. “Everything that my family went through could happen tomorrow or to someone else. Please don’t let that happen.” LaPrairie’s struggle fueled a push for a new state law allowing religious exemptions to autopsies. The law was passed last May. It requires medical examiners to notify a family of a planned autopsy and gives the family the option to object on religious grounds. But it also provides an avenue for autopsies to proceed in cases of crime investigations, concerns about public health, and a dozen other instances of “compelling state interest.”
Sunday, February 21 – A time to talk with Regina Laroche, dancer and spiritual director about the place of movement, play and dance in one’s spiritual life. She will also lead a retreat for us the Saturday before and participate in our worship service this morning.
Sunday, February 28 – Kevin Skwira Brown will share parts of the video “Race: The Power of Illusion” with some time for discussion to follow. At the College of Saint Scholastica, Kevin provides staff training in diversity development. He also teaches Social Work at UMD and UWS. He is involved in community training on inclusivity and equity. At the heart of his work is the goal of becoming aware of how each of us embodies the dynamics of privilege. If we were we able to work past these dynamics and if these systems were transformed—within ourselves, interpersonally, and internationally— Kevin believes the world would see the elimination of those unconscious biases that drive fear. We would be able to form authentic and mutual community. Institutionally we would see all people excelling and their contributions being appreciated.