October 11, 2021 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Online - Live and Recorded

The Interfaith Alliance of Iowa invites you to join with communities of faith across Iowa in faithful conversations about The 1619 Project. Slavery in the United States has been referenced as our “original sin.” Given that context and the fact that many communities of faith justified enslavement and benefited materially from it, or, on the flipside, worked for its elimination, it is critical the faith community intentionally study slavery and its lasting impact on the generations during and after.

The New York Times’ The 1619 Project by Nikole Hannah-Jones et al. is a valuable vehicle to begin a conversation within the context of faith. The Pulitzer Center and its excellent resources provide tools that enhance the original project and community conversations. Faith leaders in the Faithful Voices for Racial Justice project of the Interfaith Alliance of Iowa took on the task of designing a series to pull together the pieces for community conversation, intentionally layering in questions regarding one’s faith and how it might inform our approach to the issues raised by The 1619 Project.

Each week via live stream on YouTube, a group of faith leaders will discuss a section of the writings from The 1619 Project — doing so from their faith perspective. Faith communities are encouraged to host a small group(s) to read the sections ahead of time, watch and listen to the faith leader conversation, then hold their own conversation using the format and tools provided on the faithful-voices.org website.

By registering here, you will receive the live stream weblinks for the weekly faith leader discussions which can be viewed Monday evenings at 6:30pm CT (live) or anytime during the week on the Interfaith Alliance of Iowa YouTube channel. This Faithful Conversations series is a wonderful opportunity to enter into some good, rich, thought-provoking conversations on the history of race and racism in our nation and its impact on communities today.

Learn more about the event series and find the registration link here!