By the Rev. Herman Yoos, Bishop
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:
This past January I participated in a book study with five African Americans and five Caucasian pastors reading and discussing Drew Hart’s book, Trouble I’ve Seen: Changing the Way the Church Views Racism. We met in each other’s home over a meal and shared our insights, questions and struggles with racism together.
When at a Fellowship of South Carolina Bishops met this spring we began to discuss the impact of racial inequality in our schools, I proposed that we invite Dr. Drew Hart to lead our Fall Bishop’s Dialogue this October 15 at Shandon United Methodist Church. Then this summer we heard from the Columbia Justice Ministry about their work in this area and how each of our judicatories are also actively seeking to address these same racial issues in a variety of ways. All of these conversations seem to suggest that this fall Bishop’s Dialogue might be one of those Spirit led convergences that moves us into deeper actions and commitments that could be a blessing to our communities that we serve and this state.
I hope you are making your plans right now to attend this event and to participate in the conversations we will all be having together around our tables led by Dr. Hart. I also encourage you to get his book and to begin reading it possibly in a book group with others. I anticipate a larger crowd than usual so you may want to get your registration in early.
Download the flyer and registration form below.