Leaders, Scholars Confront Racism In The Church

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It’s the first sermon by a new pastor at the church. She is not Caucasian.

“What did you think of our new pastor?” one congregation member asks another. 

The reply: “Well, actually, I don't know what I think, because I couldn't understand a single word she said.” When it’s pointed out that the words of the sermon were projected onto a screen, the retort is sharp: “I didn't come to church to read manuscripts! I came to hear a sermon!”

The conversation — in this case about an Asian pastor — continues to go downhill from there. But this time, the conflict isn’t real. It is an exercise held during the June 9-12 Wisconsin Annual Conference using theater to get a discussion going about racial attitudes in The United Methodist Church.
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