Throughout the history of our country, people of religion or race different than ours have been the object of discrimination; discrimination driven by anger, fear, and a lack of understanding. Many times the anger, fear, or lack of understanding was because another group of people were “different.” In more recent times, acts of violence by drug cartels, gangs, and terrorist groups, local and international, have increased our anger and fear. This anger and fear causes us to react, either by outwards acts or inward thoughts, against groups or individual of the same religion or race as those who cause the acts of violence. These acts and thought are unacceptable by people of faith throughout our great nation.
The Pacific Beach Presbyterian Church will host a workshop conducted by Dr. Henry Payne on Race and Reconciliation, Saturday, June 4, from 9 am to 5 pm. The goal of this workshop is to provide an opportunity to affirm our diversity and seek a common ground through dialogue. Workshop participants will become actively engaged in sharing their experiences and problem solving with the goal of suggested actions to improve interracial relationships within the community.
Dr. Payne will facilitate the workshop. He is a human resources and organizational development consultant with many years of experience. He has conducted training workshops on race and reconciliation in South Africa, New York City, and San Diego.
Preregistration is required by May 23rd and participation is limited to 25 attendees. Registration brochures are on the literature rack in the entry area, or can be obtained at the PB Presbyterian Church, 1675 Garnet Ave. We invite you to attend.