March 11, 2021 | by Lisa Jancarick
Over the past year, an interracial committee of seven women from San Ramon Valley United Methodist Church (SRVUMC) in Alamo have developed and facilitated a class that explores issues on racial equity and justice. The class response to the curriculum sparked so much enlightening discussion that, starting this week, they are sharing their free Dialogue for Change syllabus, together with relevant discussion questions, to other local churches and secular organizations with the hope of fostering similar conversations.
The Dialogue for Change program consists of a carefully curated list of TED Talks, speakers and discussion panels geared for self-reflection and education against racial insensitivity and injustice. The nineteen suggested sessions can be treated as a full curriculum, or groups can choose a cafeteria-style approach to tailor their own programs for length and topics of interest. Individuals may also want to view the material on their own time. Although many local organizations will receive the six-page PDF via email, the Dialogue for Change committee will share their curriculum with anyone who requests a copy from the SRVUMC office, free of change. The general public is welcome to download the curriculum from the link for Dialogue for Change on the church’s website, www.srvumc.org.