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Indianapolis church hosts racial equity conversation

Posted: 11:01 PM, Nov 04, 2019
Updated: 2019-11-04 23:46:17-05

INDIANAPOLIS — Several faith groups came together Monday night to tackle the subject of making Indianapolis a better place for everyone.

The conversation about racial equity took place at St. Luke's United Methodist Church. It was hosted there because church members took a trip down to Alabama, visiting the Edmund Pettus Bridge and the National Memorial for Peace and Justice, the only memorial to lynching victims in the nation.

"If all the faith based group [in Indianapolis and the surrounding areas] got involved, if even half the groups got involved with this work, it could truly be a transformational situation," Dr. Arlene Coleman, a church member at St. Luke's, said.

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In small groups, people talked about our country's violent and racist past, and how it still impacts everyone today. Betty Brandt, another church member, says speaking that truth and acknowledging it, is the only way to bring about reconciliation.

"Anything that we don't pay attention to, we deny, the pain of it will continue to spew," Brandt said.

If you'd like to work with St. Luke's United Methodist Church on the topic of racial equity, you can contact them through their website.

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