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“Grappling with our History” panel February 25th

Feb 9, 2024

As a next step in our congregation’s ongoing efforts to understand our complex history and determine actions to guide our way forward, the Parish Committee will sponsor a panel after service on Feb. 25. The panel is entitled “Grappling with our History: Lessons to be Learned,” and will include speakers from other churches who will share their stories about how their congregations are working to acknowledge and address their history.

Karla Baehr, member of First Parish in Brookline and Chair of Board of Directors for the UU Urban Ministry will share experiences from First Parish Brookline as well as First Church in Roxbury, where they partnered with the Roxbury Historical Society to address their entanglement with enslavement.

Brandon Chambers and Ted Hammett, co-chairs of the Reparations Committee at Christ Church Cambridge  will speak about their congregation’s journey, including how they structure their committee work within the church, Ted’s role as a historian on the Reparations Committee, and the congregation’s efforts to understand and share information about their history in the community at large.

There will be plenty of time for questions and discussion.  We encourage everyone to join in person if possible.  The panel will also be broadcast via Zoom (to be sent out on Feb 25), and the recording available for church members who are unable to attend.

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The church is governed by the Parish Committee, made up of seven members elected by the congregation at the Annual Meeting for a term of three years. The Parish Committee sets policy, hires staff, and manages the overall direction and business of the church.