About the Lenten Discussion Series

Struggling with Our Stories on Race is a discussion series that emerged from our fall Theological Conference,and will offer an introduction and framing for our 2021 Synod Assembly. For many, this work means unlearning many assumptions, patterns, and narratives that have shaped the vision of “truth” and “reality” with regards to racism. This discussion series in intended to create an experience for participants and the chance to think about personal stories of race and faith and includes a guided timeline experience and individual journal prompts. Participants are encouraged to engage as much of the materials as they are able. Synod Assembly Voting Members are specifically asked to engage this work as part of the preparation for the assembly, though anyone in the RMS is invited to participate.  Discussion guide and links can be found at the bottom of the page.

We offer our deep gratitude for our storytellers and those who helped create the journal and timeline materials:

Timeline and Journal Contributors:
Rev. Paula Stecker
Ihoby Rakotomalala
Deacon Sarah Bjornebo
Rev. Caitlin Trussell
Rev. Jeff Carlson
Kristin Carlson 
Deacon Erin Power

Ron Solimon
Adrian Miller
Rev. Caitlin Trussell
Kristin Carlson
May Tassler

How to Participate

  • As a Congregation: Gather as a congregation small group to view the specified parts of the timeline and discuss the journal prompts from that week.
  • With the RMS group: Join either Sunday or Wednesday evenings throughout Lent to view the timeline with folks from around the synod. This can be as an individual or congregational group. 
  • As an Individual: While the journal prompts are meant to be done individually, you may also view the timeline on your own as well. If you select this option, it is strongly encouraged you find a conversation partner to process your learnings with.


ZOOM Link for all weekly Gatherings:  https://zoom.us/j/91045154307?pwd=SWRtdzhaalk3SFpXUWw0M1RFblV4Zz09

Wednesday, February 17, 4pm: Opening Conversation with Bishop Gonia, Rev. Ron Roschke, & Assembly Keynote Speaker Dr. Edward Antonio

Session 1: Sunday, February 21st, 6pm OR  Wednesday, February 24th, 3pm
Session 2: Sunday, February 28th 6pm OR Wednesday, March 3, 3pm
Session 3: Sunday, March 7th 6pm OR Wednesday, March 10, 3pm 
Session 4: Sunday, March 14th 6pm OR Wednesday, March 17, 3pm
Session 5: Sunday, March 21st 6pm or Wednesday, March 24th, 3pm 

Timeline Materials


Weekly Journal Prompt Links

Beginning the Journey: The Danger of a Single Story 

Journal Prompt 7: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack 

Journal Prompt 8:  Intersectionality 

Journal Prompt 9:  Mapping Inequality 

Journal Prompt 13:  Glossary of Terms

Journal Prompt 14: Social Policy Resolution for June 17th Commemoration 
                                  Resolution Condemning White Supremacy