Creating a Just Society Is Focus of Clergy Association Series

The Melrose Interfaith Clergy Association is sponsoring the meeting series “White People Challenging Racism: Moving From Talk To Action.” The First United Methodist Church, 645 Main St., Melrose, is hosting the five two-hour sessions, which will be held every Tuesday, October 20-November 17, from 7-9 pm. People of all heritages/identities are welcome to join the meeting, which will focus on the role of white people in dismantling racism and building a just society. The series will examine the institutionalization of racism and impact of white privilege, and how the lack of awareness perpetuates racism. Participants will discuss readings, view videos, and share everyday situations in which they want to become more effective in naming and addressing racism in their families, communities and places of work. Role-play will be used to practice effective ways to speak up, and develop action plans that challenge racism in our spheres of influence. This class encourages learning in a safe setting and all participants are encouraged to find allies to join in building a movement to bring needed change in our society. Class is limited to 15. All are welcome. Suggested donations range from $20-$55, but scholarships are available. To register, email Stewart Lanier at or call 781- 662-7061. For questions, visit


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