Live Webinar: How to Talk with Kids about Racism
Wednesday, June 10th
8:00 – 9:00 pm
Click here to register for the webinar on Zoom.
As we grieve with the families of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and so many more Black people both known and unknown, and as we witness our nation struggle to come to terms with the realities of racism in our country, we know that it is our kids who will ultimately be agents of change. We know that it is our kids who will carry the love of God beyond our doors to help heal our broken world and dismantle the systems that have oppressed our Black brothers and sisters for so long.
But, in this moment, how do we as parents teach our kids the values of kindness, mercy, and justice? How do we teach them about the legacies of systemic racism in age-appropriate ways without inflicting trauma? What are the best practices for talking to kids about race, about our history, about social justice?
We in the Family Ministry Team are working through those questions, just like you. We don’t pretend to have all of the answers, and we know we’ll get it wrong sometimes, but we want to be partnering with you while we try. If you can’t make it to the live session, we’ll be recording it, and the link will be posted on our social media afterwards.
In the meantime, we are gathering and curating resources to help us all as we move forward. One particular resource we want to lift up is a town hall this Saturday at 10 am Eastern hosted by CNN and Sesame Street. Sesame Street and its parent company the Children’s Television Workshop have long been advocates for diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice, and we believe this program will give those of us with young children tools to begin having these conversations from a young age.
We want to encourage you in this work, and we want to acknowledge how difficult this can be. But we know that it is worth it to speak up and speak out for our Black neighbors, particularly at this moment in time. Please join us next Wednesday as we faithfully navigate how to help our kids change the world.
Your partners in Christ,
The LOPC Family Ministry Team
Rev. Jaime Polson, Pastor for Family Ministry (jaime@LOPC.org)
Keris Dahlkamp, Director of Youth Ministry (keris@LOPC.org)
Allison Kunz, Director of Youth Ministry (allison@LOPC.org)
Lori Robinson, Assoc. Director of Children’s Ministry (Lori@LOPC.org)
Ryan Timpte, Director of Children’s Ministry (ryan@LOPC.org)
Susan Wentworth, Assoc. Director of Children’s Ministry (susan@LOPC.org)