Sunday, October 25, 2020
A Message from CMM's Executive Director
Voting for the Common Good
Friday, October 25, 2020
Rev. Dr. Rodney L. Petersen

We are dealing with racism as Americans and we are faced with the challenges of immigration from a war-torn world. Asked to live with difference we are asked to understand our own identity which is central to the series, Facing our Racism: Becoming Conscious Partners Workshops (Oct 27 & 29 and Nov 8), beginning this week. A Celebration of Rumi on November 7 reminds us of all that is good that comes with immigration. Difference enhances understanding and advances the common good.

This heightened awareness is made more personal by the ravages of a pandemic which is spiking to new levels and demands that we deal with difference in light of equity, a topic central to the series put forward by The New Democracy Coalition. All of this and more in the midst of the complexities of climate change. We are being asked about the nature of our relationship with the earth, with equity and difference. The common good is about how we live together.

We are asked to vote and express our understanding of the common good. This involves communication. We don’t know if we do not vote.

Voting is involved with building truth. We don’t simply vote and leave it there. We have agency to contribute to the process of building truth together. This is why CMM promotes formation as in our interfaith series. Even here we cannot leave it. We must promote justice. We cannot just leave truth standing for justice demands action.

So we build the common good through Values over Violence, Clergy and Laity for Affordable Housing and Ruah Interfaith Spirituality Programming. Voting is part of this formation!
Upcoming CMM-sponsored Events
Facing our Racism: Becoming Conscious Partners Workshops

Tuesday/Thursday October 27 & 29, 2020,
7 - 9pm (each night)
More Spaces Added by Popular Demand

Sunday, November 8, 2020,
12 - 5pm

Suggested Donation: $35
Your donation of any amount is welcome: tinyurl.com/givetocmm

The killing of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor galvanized White people to become “conscious partners” with our Black sisters and brothers to end racism. Crucial to this new understanding and awareness is the formation of genuine, open, truthful relationships between Black and White community members. Such equal, transparent and emotionally disclosing relationships require stepping outside of our usual, superficial modes of conversation and finding ways to get to know each other at a deeper level.

Identifying white supremacy and white cultural domination is where this conversation will begin. We will examine how these forces work within our interfaith communities, often beneath our awareness. This “Facing our Racism” workshop will analyze the systemic, institutional, policy, and power-driven persecution and discrimination against Black Americans since the very beginning of slavery.

The intention of this workshop is to create a new awareness and understanding of how to become conscious partners as, as White people, to our Black sisters and brothers within our interfaith communities. White people are called to acknowledge, in dialogue with Black people, the depth of exploitation, abuse and violence, including the history of lynching. "Facing our Racism: Becoming Conscious Partners" will explore the reality of unconscious bias, often expressed through micro-aggression. This unconscious bias often operates in the form of disowned racial superiority and exclusion, diminishment and devaluing of people of color.

About the Presenters:

  • Dr. Connie Holmes is a retired psychologist who counseled cancer patients and their families for 28 years in Boston and in the San Francisco Bay area. She conducts these workshops throughout the United States. Her great-grandfather perished in Theresienstadt, a World War II concentration camp. Her exposure to the horrors of the Final Solution has motivated her to join the struggle for racial justice in the United States.

  • Dolores Moorehead, MS, has been a leader in the civil rights movement for decades helping Black and White people talk about racial discrimination. She facilitates a conversation that allows participants to address their pain and shame so as to begin the healing process. She worked together with Dr. Holmes at the Women’s Cancer Resource Center in Oakland for four years.

Sponsored by Cooperative Metropolitan Ministries (CMM), the greater Boston area’s oldest interfaith organization that has been fighting racism since 1966.
In Celebration of Rumi: 20th Anniversary with Music, Poetry and Dervishes

Saturday, November 7, 2020, 4:30pm

Please join us for a special program of music, the dancing of dervishes, and inspiring readings from the work of 13th century Sufi mystic Jelaluddin Rumi, whose poetry is filled with a longing for God the Friend and the Beloved.

Event Zoom link will be sent to registrants when sign up period ends at 3:30pm on November 7th.