Becoming Reparations People: A Salon
May 24 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Becoming Reparations People: A Salon presented by Middle’s Reparations Task Force
Tuesday, May 24 at 7:00 p.m. ET
Faith communities around the U.S. and world have committed to making reparations, to healing the breach between those congregations and the Black and Indigenous peoples harmed by their religious institution. The Collegiate Church took its first steps on its reparations journey in 2009 with the Healing of Turtle Island, a public apology offered to and accepted by representatives of the Lenape peoples forced from their homelands by the Dutch who arrived in Manaháhtaan in the early 17th century. In 2020, Middle Church continued our reparations journey by investigating the shameful history of our founding denomination, the Dutch Reformed Church, and sharing what we have learned so far with our church community.
In this salon facilitated by members of Middle’s Reparations Task Force, we will share what we have learned and are learning about “becoming reparations people,” how even in the still-early phases of trying to heal the breach, the revolutions have begun–within our institution, within our congregation, and, as we reflect and discern together in our multi-ethnic community, within ourselves. Participants in this salon are invited to learn about, reflect on, and share what becoming reparations people might mean to them.