Join us at Big Tent 2017 Reply

The Presbyterian Writers Guild is planning to offer two workshops at Big Tent 2017, a church-wide, biennial event scheduled this year for July 6-8 in St. Louis. Presbyterians from around the country will gather on the beautiful campus of Washington University for worship, exhibits, workshops, and engagement with one another.

The theme for this year’s Big Tent emphasizes the hope of the gospel and its power to transform society in our current cultural context marked by anxiety, racial division, political animosity, and economic inequality. Participants will be challenged to embrace the church’s mission of justice-making and peace.

Here are brief descriptions of the workshops to be offered by the PWG:

Writing Parables that Address Racism—Participants will learn about the Presbyterian Inter Racial Dialogue in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and experience speaking about racism from the perspective of the five senses. They then will be guided on developing their own parables as vehicles to expand the dialogue and will prepare to use a similar technique when they return home. Leaders of this workshop are Samuel Stevenson, of Winston-Salem, and Stephen McCutchan, of St. Petersburg, Florida, both honorably retired ministers of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).

Communications Justice: Anti-Racist Writing and Photography—Language and images are some of the easiest and most powerful ways to bring about social change and dismantle racism. Yet the language and photos that we continue to use often perpetuate divisions rather than fostering respect and justice for all. This workshop will explore the role of language and images in perpetuating racial myths and violence. An interactive, rich media presentation will be followed by time for participants to experiment with their choice of activities: (3) How to identify racist news media headlines and what to do about it; (4) How to contribute to the Anti-Racism Digital Library. Participants are invited to bring cell phones, tablets, cameras, or other devices. Workshop leader is Anita Coleman, an author, blogger, and scholar living in Southern California, who serves as PWG vice president.

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