Dinner For Eight And Talking About Racial Justice

On Sunday night, ten of us gathered in our home for one of Metro's dinner for eight. We enjoyed eating together and learning from each other about racial issues. Scott Whitehurst and Giovanni Rosario led our conversation, sharing from their own experiences and asking leading questions to help us discover our own experiences and perceptions. 

Some of our take aways:
I now have a deeper understanding of how our African American brothers and sisters, and their families suffer through the injustice of racism.  I am hoping that when I talk to my friends and family on this matter, I will be able to share what I learned and make them aware of the injustice that African Americans have faced in the past and in the present. (Ling)

When I signed up for Dinner of 8, I did not know what to expect, but wanted to gain more knowledge on the rising issues of racial justice. I was shy at first and hesitated to contribute my ideas and thoughts, but as the evening went on, I became more and more comfortable as our facilitators, Scott and Gio, did an awesome job with leading the discussions. I was able to share my experiences as a Korean-American. I truly enjoyed listening to different experiences the group had while they were growing up in America as well as their perspectives on the issues. (Yuna) 

Who is my "neighbor?" One of my deepest revelations from the Parable of the Good Samaritan was that your neighbor is someone who is NOT like you. Different backgrounds, nationalities, experiences and cultures is what came together this past Sunday as we met together for our Dinner for 8. In the presence of the Holy Spirit, as we ate, asked questions, shared, learned about each other and listened, it became clear that outside the walls and confines of a "church service," we had "church" because we were building bridges through honest and open conversations and communications. We were taking a step towards our awareness for, our love for, our understanding of our brothers and sisters who are not like us. Honestly, as great as the dinner was, the feast of koinonia, at the table was that much more delicious. (Daniel)

My take away from Sunday's supper was an appreciation for a more personal look at black American history. Being a Chinese American, to recognize what other minorities  suffered and fought for so we can have the rights and privileges we have today. (Christina)

I learned that people could hold some kind of prejudice toward certain group of people or race based on their past experiences or what they were taught. We may stereotype certain race without knowing the whole truth or the history. I also learned more about the injustice our African-American friends experienced, and feel more personal about it. I hope to share what I learn with my friends and children.  Thank you, Scott and Gio for leading and sharing your experiences with us. Thank you, Linda and Pastor Kevin for hosting. (Jennifer)

It was really good to get together with some new and old Metro friends this past Sunday evening to engage in a conversation about racial justice. We had at least 5 different ethnicities represented at the table which gave us a good opportunity to see the the race situation in our country through a variety of lenses. Everyone had something to learn and something to share. I was reminded that a significant step in the journey to racial reconciliation is taking the time to listen and learn from each other. (Pastor Kevin)

Submitted by Linda Swanson