Hope for the Future gatherings bring together leaders of color from across the church, sometimes with white allies, to explore the ways that power, privilege and racism function in our denomination. These gatherings provide spaces of retreat, opportunities for networking and more for people of color across Mennonite Church USA. Participants work together to address racism to help the Mennonite Church embrace diversity, so that it can thrive amid the racial and ethnic demographic changes that are occurring churchwide.
Everence, the Goshen (Ind.) College Center for Intercultural and International Education, Mennonite Central Committee U.S., Mennonite Church USA, Mennonite Education Agency, and Mennonite Mission Network sponsor these events.
Hope for the Future 2017:
The gathering will focus on three primary areas this year:
- Where does the Hope for the Future movement go from here?
- How can “Black Lives Matter” be viewed from an Anabaptist perspective?
- What repercussions do actions of sexual abuse and misconduct have, particularly for people of color?
Scheduled events include worship, informational presentations, plenary speakers—including prominent African-American social activist and theologian Ruby Sales, small- and large-group discussion sessions, sharing of stories, and opportunities for planning and developing strategies. Conversation will include follow-up on the Intercultural Competency Call to Action that came out of Hope for the Future last year.